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Type II's shouldn't check more than about twice a day!?!? BS!!!


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Old 03-13-2012, 23:48   #1
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Default Type II's shouldn't check more than about twice a day!?!? BS!!!

My endocrinologist suggested that I am testing my blood sugar too often and cited some study that suggested that testing often did not improve the a1c's by any noticeable percent. Does anyone know what study she might be referring to and how old it was? Or has multiple studies been done?

I cannot see how anyone can know how food effects them if they don't test!!!!

That sounds totally bogus. I am not listening to her!!!

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How does she expect us to know our own 'poison' foods? Some you can eat, I can't and vice versa. I would agree with you...ignore, but politely say thank you just prior to asking for more strips as Dr. Vernon says.

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My doctor told me as a type 2 I really didn't need to test more than 2 x per week.
All I can say is I wouldn't be at 5.3 now if I didn't test a lot. Now that I am pretty much controlled I have cut back to 2-3 times most days. Since I pay for my own strips it is my business, not theirs. The only study I heard was done out West in Oregon or Washington State. I think it was done with Medicaid Patients and found that testing didn't help lower their HbA1c. Well, as we all know if you are not strategically testing after meals and keeping those bgs betwen 120-140 or lower you are not going to lower your HbA1c. Also since the majority of CDE's teach a higher carb diet for type 2's, no wonder they never gain control over bgs. I have a sneaky feeling they probably stacked this study to cut down on the number of strips they have to supply to Medicaid and Medicare patients.

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I think a lot of people are like my husband who is also Type 2. For years he tested because the doctor told him too but never did anything with the numbers. He never used them to make changes in eating. He just did it because his doctor told him too...they really didn't have any meaning for him.

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Okay, this just irritates me to know end!!! I sometimes feel like we are all just banging our heads against a brick wall with all these "health" professionals! Maybe if they were diabetic they would understand that in order to gain good control, or to know what is okay and what isn't okay for you to eat, then, and only then, would they completely understand what it is like to walk in our shoes!!!!

There are so many to blame here it's not even funny! First, why does it cost so much to purchase test strips? Do they think everybody can afford $100 or more for a little bottle of testing strips? On top of the cost of medications, better foods to eat, doctor appointments, etc, etc., it is quite EXPENSIVE to be a diabetic in this day and age!

I'm so fed up with the "government" trying to tell us what is best for us as diabetics. I really believe I need to write letters to my congressmen/congresswomen and rant to them about all this bull! Perhaps if we all do this, it will finally get through to someone to do something about it! Testing 2 times a day? REALLY? What good is that going to do? What upon rising and before sleeping? What about all the inbetween time? AUGH!

Rant over. Thank you for reading. Stepping off my soapbox now!

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My daughter worked one summer as an aid to our representative and now tells me that our letters to them are totally ignored. What is the use?

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Great....that is depressing. So we are totally at their mercy right? That just doesn't float with me.

Perhaps when one of them become diabetic then something will be done right?

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My daughter worked one summer as an aid to our representative and now tells me that our letters to them are totally ignored. What is the use?
I once worked for a state senator who did a terrific job of listening to his constituents. I've also written my fair share of letters to congresspeople -- and even officials in other countries -- and I often got nice letters in return. I don't know that anything changed, but at least I felt listened to. If your congresspeople won't listen and reply, throw the bums out!!!

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I think a lot of people are like my husband who is also Type 2. For years he tested because the doctor told him too but never did anything with the numbers. He never used them to make changes in eating. He just did it because his doctor told him too...they really didn't have any meaning for him.
I think you are right. Some people test, look at the number and that is as far as it goes. The dr said do it so they do it. My late husband was like that too. He could have cared less what the number was. I had to poke him and record the number, he wouldn't even do that. I don't even remember what type insulin he used (this was 15 years ago) his dr said 1 unit and that is what I gave him. Sadly he lost his vision and had a leg amputated above the knee. He was a stubborn bird and would not change or do anything with his diet and ultimately paid the price.

On the other side of the coin there are those of us that test, test, test everything to see if it is safe to eat. We are looking at the numbers to tell us what is not good for us as an individual. We use those numbers to adjust our diet & exercise and by doing so our A1c will get better and better the more we test. If one doesn't use the numbers, there isn't much point to testing.

I'm really new to all of this and I don't even know where my doctor stands on LCHF and tons of testing (though he did up my rx for strips), but it seems doctors in general and the drug companies would rather dictate how to manage this disease even if their way is not necessarily the best for many people. Just my $0.02 from a very new perspective....

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And I forgot to mention, in the paperwork I got from the Diabetes Nurse she said test for a few weeks, twice a day, alternating between before breakfast and before supper; before and 2 hours after a meal; and before and after exercise. When the data is collected if I am within range 70-120 up to 150 after meal, then only check once a week. WTH?? How can you possibly get all the info you need like that?

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