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Old 07-02-2012, 18:00   #1
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Hi I am a fairly new member. I am 55 with type 2. I am trying to get testing supplies. My insurance covers One Touch. I was considering the Delica Lancing system. Has anyone tried this and what do you think? If My goal is to test 3 times consistently each day, what are the best times to test? Thanks for your input.

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Sorry Steve, I use the WM Relion meter, so I'm no help with the testing supplies you ask about, but I do have some thoughts about three tests a day...I'd test fasting every morning and then pick a different meal each day to test prior to it, and then I guess I'd test at 2 hours after. 3 are really too few strips to really get any idea of what your diabetes and diet s doing. I'm not sure why you are doing so few, but if it is insurance, I'd ask my doctor for at least 7 a day in the beginning.

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Old 07-02-2012, 18:36   #3
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The Delica is just a lancing device and most people say it is pretty good. You could use it with any type of meter. I use the Contour USB meter and love it because it is very consistent and can be recharged on the computer or in a wall charger. I think the Delica is about $15 in most drug stores. Most of us rarely change our lancets. I think I do it about every 3 months or so.

If you are limited on strips or have to buy your own like I do make the most out of the times you test. I would use them to test 1 or 2 hours after a meal. You can alternate days so one day you do it at one hour and the next 2 hours. You can also rotate fasting and aftermeal tests. Once you know a certain meal keeps your bg low, it is not necessary to test everytime when you eat it. Any new food you will want to test. Of course whenever you feel low, always test and treat if you are under 70.

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Old 07-02-2012, 21:53   #4
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Originally Posted by jwags View Post
T Most of us rarely change our lancets. I think I do it about every 3 months or so.
And then there are those like me who are sensitive to pricks and use a new lancet at least every 3-4 tests. The needle is very fine on the Multiclix that I use, and I have the setting correct, but I can tell a big difference between a new lancet and one that has been used several times.

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When you start to take control over your BGs it is normal to test around 10 times a day. If for any reason you cannot exceed 3, then the best would be to check your fasting BG in the morning and two hours after lunch & dinner. That would give you the best spectrum analysis of your 24 hour BG profile.

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To get useful numbers, you need to test at least once before eating and once after eating. Even then, once before and twice after (at one and two hour marks) is even better.

I like the Accu-chek Multiclix lancet, they come in barrels so I never have to worry about sharps!


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