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Which meter should I get?

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by PenguinMum, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. archersuz

    archersuz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I use a lancet for 24hrs (usually 3 tests) then change it. They're cheap at £4.99 for 100
     
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  2. archersuz

    archersuz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I believe there is one Walmarts down near Portsmouth but I have no idea what they sell!
     
  3. PenguinMum

    PenguinMum · Well-Known Member

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    The next obvious question for me is when I am set up how many times a day should I test? I was planning before and after breakfast lunch and supper. Is that reasonable? Off on Desmond course on Wed but not expecting too much! You guys are the biz!!
     
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  4. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    i change the lancet every time I start a new tub of strips, a 100 + 2 box of Accu-Chek Multiclix lancet drums costs $20.00.

    So a 1 x 6 drum of lancets lasts for 300 strips, and not expensive at all.

    Edit: Typo.
     
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  5. archersuz

    archersuz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Don't expect the DESMOND nurses to agree with testing! Or very low carb. They will promote the Eatwell plate which most of us find too high in carbs.
     
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  6. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    That sounds perfect, as long as you also keep a food diary with all the ingredients and portion sizes, and record your levels alongside, taking note of the actual rise from before to after - try to keep it under 2mmol/l and preferably a lot less. :)
     
  7. Ultramum

    Ultramum Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That's how I started off. You will gradually find out which foods cause a bigger rise than others and what size of portion.

    I now test when I wake up, after breakfast and before evening meal as standard. I also test when I eat anything different - before and 2 hours after.
     
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  8. deb1960

    deb1960 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I use the accu check mobile which my gp actually gave me. I use insulin so I get all my lancets and the cartridges that you use to test free on prescription. I really like it as it's so self contained , no fiddling about putting test strips in etc. It would probably be a different story if I had to pay for them myself
     
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    _markwilburn Type 2 · Member

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    I get mine on prescription but made a mistake when 1st diagnosed of buying one from Boots only to find the test strips and Lancets wasn't covered by my doctor's surgery so I got one of their testers off them and use that. More Lancets than you need and 50 test strips for the price of a script. I was using really heavily at first so I signed up to the NHS £10 month plan to cover all my scripts. I saved loads of money that way and when I'd got control and didn't test as heavily I cancelled it. One tub of test strips now last me a couple of months as I only really test after I've eaten something new to see how my blood as reacted . My current HBA is 41 and has been there for the past twelve months but I wouldn't have a clue where I'd be without testing like a mad man at the start of it all. TEST TEST TEST at least until you get a greater understanding as to what the stuff you put in your mouth is doing to your blood sugar levels.
     
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  10. Lyndsay444

    Lyndsay444 Type 2 · Member

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    I got given a meter from my GP and I get lancets and test strips on prescription all free as diabetics get free prescriptions well in uk that is.
     
  11. Tony 1711

    Tony 1711 Type 2 · Active Member

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    I use the Accu-chek mobile, and the fastclic lancet drums are avaiable on ebay 204 for £12 not bad.
     
  12. archersuz

    archersuz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Only if you're on medication for diabetes. I'm diet controlled so have a pre-paid certificate.
     
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  13. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    only diabetics on medication. As a type 2 on no meds I do not get the free prescriptions if I was in England

    eta: I am in Wales, so I dont pay for prescriptions, but my surgery wont give me a meter and strips etc, I have to self fund out of my benenfit money.
     
  14. Alexandra100

    Alexandra100 Other · Well-Known Member

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    I use a lancet for at least a month. Sometimes I think they work better the older they get.
     
  15. Alexandra100

    Alexandra100 Other · Well-Known Member

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    You are very very lucky. Mostly T2s no longer get free meters or strips from the NHS. We can till get free TEE2 meters http://spirit-healthcare.co.uk/product/tee2-blood-glucose-meter/
    but that's no thanks to the NHS and we still have to pay for strips.
     
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    Alexandra100 Other · Well-Known Member

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    That sounds great, except that I would add in a fasting test first thing after getting out of bed. Of course if you eat breakfast straight after that your fasting test will also serve as your first pre-prandial test. I recently persuaded my GP to prescribe Metformin for me, and one of the deciding factors was that I could show her a month's fasting bgs. That was simpler for her in the limited time available rather than looking at pre and post meal ones.
     
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  17. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    I was also given an AC Mobile by my nurse, along with one cartridge and a few lancet tubs, but no repeat prescriptions of course, so I had to buy my own. After about 4 months the cost of the cartridges became too much so I bought the Codefree and used that exclusively for a couple of years. I got fed up of the inconvenience of having several things to carry about with me (although I continued to use the wonderful Fastclix lancet pen) and also the inconsistency of the Codefree, so went back to the Accu Chek, which I have used exclusively now for over 12 months. It is a brilliant meter, consistent readings, and only one item to carry about with no risk of contamination from handling strips. Other than the cost of the cartridges I would highly recommend it to anyone.
     
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  18. TheBigNewt

    TheBigNewt Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I buy my strips for $10/ bottle of 50. I don't mess with insurance for strips they are dirt cheap. I buy them online about 600 at a time. Meters and lancets are free with the strips. TrueTrack is the brand.
     
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    deb1960 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I get my prescriptions free as I'm on thyroxine. I wouldn't be able to afford to buy the cartridges.
     
  20. macabee

    macabee Type 2 · Member

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    My GP practice used to provide test strips and lancets, last year decided that I did not require them and they would save money! I then switched from braun to codefree, apart from the cost, I received codefree strips within two day's, bayer would take a matter of weeks when I purchased items from them.
     
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