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Which bg meter?

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by bullseye58, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. bullseye58

    bullseye58 Type 2 · Member

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    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Multiple selections saying what ? Do you mean T1, T2 or other ?


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    mj14 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Same unfortunately doctors said I didn't need one - promptly went and and got my own and have to say best thing I have purchased..... Only diagnosed 3-4 wks ago but already learning which foods send me soaring and which r ok! My advice get to chemist and purchase one! X


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    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Why buy one when most companies give them away for free ?


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    hanadr · Expert

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    You are unlikely to be given a meterr by your healthcare people. Sometimees the supplier companies will give some, but they usually go to T1s and insulin users. However it's worth contacting the suppliers and asking. Since you are also not likely to be given a prescription for strips, you might become one of their regular customers. I get my strips from Abbott diabetes Care, who give a lifetime guarantee on their meters. [I have the Frestyle Lite] they keep all their customers on a database, so dealing with them is simplicity itself and strips are much cheaper direct from Abbott than at a retail pharmacy. You'll find most HCPs [Healthcare Professionals] Will try to tell you there's no advantage to monitoring your own levels. this is a money saing trick. Obviously you need test equipment to learn which foods affect you most and by how much.
    Incidentally, if you get put onto insulin, they really SHOULD provide test equipment. Sometimes, even then, they try not to. Very often we have to fight for our care. that means you have to learn FAST what you need.
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  7. mj14

    mj14 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Trouble is every time I have tried to get one free I fill in all info and comes up with 'sorry, only give for free to type 1' that's why I got one myself.


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    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Well, if it were me, I'd click T1 then ! Bit naughty but hey ho ! They make enough money on the test strips ! Your choice :)


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    mj14 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Crimsonclient LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Try contacting sanofi for a BGStar or ibgstar I have both and both were free also when applying say you are on insulin


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  11. bullseye58

    bullseye58 Type 2 · Member

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    Multiple sections showing different types of meters!
     
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    bullseye58 Type 2 · Member

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    The site I was on was offering one for free I just needed to know which one because there are too many to choose from! I never thought it would be so difficult to get an answer! Hence me putting a link up for the website I was referring to!
     
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    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Ok, so, just pick one that takes your fancy ? I would go for the one that offers the cheapest strips.


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    carraway Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    If you are rich then any will do the job but SD Codefree is the cheapest to run as the strips are one third the price of others. So although you buy the meter in the first place long term it more than pays for itself.
     
  15. AndBreathe

    AndBreathe I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    Looking at your link, I think you are asking about the area that says "Choose your current meter", with lots of options in there? If this is the case, they want to know which meter you are currently using. On the drop down menu, at the very bottom, there is an option of "This is my first meter".

    That site is promoting the Bayer Contour XT meter, and that is what they will send you, if your application meets their criteria.

    Apologies if I misunderstood your request.
     
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    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    I found this too - I "wasn't eligible" ... :( Wish I'd joined here first now - I did actually wonder about "cheating" in my replies but chickened out! However I found that if I searched around a bit (I love eBay & Amazon) I could get a meter fairly cheap - it's the strips that are the major expense but as far as I'm concerned for the information I'm gaining by testing they're really worth the money. My nurse said they don't give them out to Type 2s, but I will also ask my doctor when I see him next.

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    I have been really lucky. When I had my first appointment wth the Diabetic Nurse she didn't mention a monitor so I asked if I should have one. Out of the cupboard came a brand new starter kit and she showed me how to use it. I have the Freestyle Lite. I know that you can get the strips and lancets from Abbott (manufacturer) more cheaply than from the chemist, but I thought I would check with my surgery to see if I could get them there. Straight away I was told that they could be added to me repeat prescripton.

    RESULT!!!
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    bullseye58 Type 2 · Member

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    Mm food for thought thanks.
     
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    When I was admitted to hospital after going down hill with T1 after treatment and diagnosis I was visited by a Diabetes nurse who gave me a meter strips and all the kit and went through it all, how to use etc.
    She gave me enough strips for a week , after that I went to my health centre and asked for a prescription Insulin strips needles etc.
    Long story short I now have a prescription free certificate for all my meds and don't have to pay for anything Diabetes related or anything else.

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    I was diagnosed on the Tuesday and given a meter the next day,no trouble getting test strips and my diabetic nurse is second to none. I'm type 2


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