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Why no blood sugar test device?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by bullseye58, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. bullseye58

    bullseye58 Type 2 · Member

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    I asked my nurse if I needed to get a blood sugar testing device for which she replied no! She gave me another blood test form plus a pot to pee into in readiness for my next appointment on the 24th February!
    So my question is why wasn't I offered a device to test my blood sugar levels? Although I'm taking the medication as prescribed I'm in the dark regarding what my sugar levels are etc. Yes I understand that my next review is only 16 days away but from reading posts on here I get the impression that having a blood sugar meter is a must have piece of equipment!
     
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    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    What meds are you taking ? Really frustrating but some healthcare providers think testing will stress people out ! Crazy ! There are many companies that give the meters away free but look at the cost of strips should you wish to go down self funding route.


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  3. Crimsonclient

    Crimsonclient LADA · Well-Known Member

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    It's a vital piece if equipment for keeping an eye on spikes in you blood sugar. Don't go out and buy a meter if they won't supply you with a meter there are plenty of free meters on the internet. The one I use is the sanofi meter and it comes with 50 test strips.


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  4. Andy12345

    Andy12345 Type 2 · Expert

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    hi, the reason we dont all get the means to test our own blood is that the nhs sucks,

    its the most important thing to gain control,

    you will unfortunately have to buy this yourself, well the strips anyway

    i think its criminal not to give testing equipment to all of us, and insane
     
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  5. Madbazoo

    Madbazoo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I assume you are Type 2 on meds. The NHS in general does give out meters as they say they are unnecessary and they rely on the HbA1c test which takes s three month average.

    Many of the forum members strongly disagree with that approach as without testing it is difficult to understand which foods affect you BG levels and so you cannot adjust your diet accordingly.

    Sadly the only solution is to get your own meter. Many recommend the SDCodefree as the test strips are much cheaper than others. Many manufacturers have promotions that will give you a meter for free as they know you will then buy their more expensive strips. (I suggest you tell them a little white lie that you are Type 1 on insulin as they are more likely to send you one).




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  6. bullseye58

    bullseye58 Type 2 · Member

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    Hi.
    I've just started taking 2 x500 mgs of Metformin.
     
  7. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    That's probably why then. Those drugs are not BG lowering so many won't gice meters which is crazy as although you may not go low, how can you tell if you are too high ? Mad ! There have been a few that have gone back to their docs and argued their case that they want to understand highs/spikes etc and been given some strips but many don't unfortunately. As others have said, if you are in a position to self fund, it will make a huge difference to your control. Even if you can only fund short term, you will quickly gain an understanding into what foods to avoid and what are OK.


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  8. AnnieC

    AnnieC · Guest

    I believe it is all down to cost Thousands of people are now T2 and to give them all prescription test strips would just cost the NHS to much money
     
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    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    And those responsible will have moved on by the time the cost implications of their policies "come home to roost" - such are the fruits of "short term"ism
     
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  10. DiamondAsh

    DiamondAsh Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I just went right out and purchased a meter which is actually a low-cost item because I felt that it was important for me to know what foods affect my BG levels. No good me asking my doc because I don't have a diagnosis, i'm simply high risk. But it's something that I wanted to understand and get in to control for my own peace of mind and wellbeing. I'm certainly not telling the doc that I self-monitor. I have to sacrifice other things out of my budget to afford the strips but I need to know! My mom gets 50 strips every 60 days.. that's not even enough to test once a day! Madness.
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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Ring around some of the meter manufacturers, most are more than happy to give them away as they make their money from the test strips.
     
  12. Raymond Starr

    Raymond Starr Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Do you no how much these test strips are ????? Because I do has I ran out of my last week I went to boots Asda and super drug my is just the free style opium ok come back to me if you do no ok and they are only in pacts of 50


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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi. Yes, it's down to cost. If you are strapped for cash then look at eBay for strips but check that the end date is OK. Some of these strips are ex-prescription so you have to decide where you sit on the morals front.
     
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    DiamondAsh Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I used eBay too. I wasn't sure where they'd have got them from and did wonder if they were off the NHS but I just can't afford 50 or 60p per strip. So I'm hoping that the ones that I buy are those that were purchased from the chemist and are no longer required, as I really don't like people cashing in like that. There's too much of it going on these days, whilst the country and the NHS fall to pieces around us :banghead:
     
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    DiamondAsh Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Ray, how much were they at Boots?
     
  16. Raymond Starr

    Raymond Starr Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    They cost at boots just for my free style for a pack of 50 was £28 pounds Asda was the same so was super drug
     
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    Crimsonclient LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Madbazoo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have a Glucomen LX which I got for free from the mnfr and I pay around £20 for 50 from my local chemist who keeps them in stock for me. Saves me postage or travelling expenses as well. Check that you get them zero rated for VAT as a registered diabetic.


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    Enclave Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member
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    The SD Codefree meter off of amazon is great and strips are quite inexpensive .. I am also not letting my Dn know I test.




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    carty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have a code free that I buy strips for but I also have an aviva nano and I argue with my GP that I am a responsible patient and I want to keep a check on how I am managing by DB he can sometimes be persuaded to let me have some strips if I make them last a long long long time (his words)
    CAROL
     
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