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Old 04-15-2014, 14:41   #11
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Hey VeeJay, do you have to put the blood on the top or bottom of the test strip? The top of the test strips have two tiny black dots I think.
The Freestyle strips have two tiny projections on each side, and that's where the blood is sucked up from. You just touch one of these points to the blood and it goes right in.

I'm happy enough with this meter and strips that I've not considered looking at another one.

This was the only one my insurance company would cover. And they make the strips affordable. If at some point this changes, I'll probably just forget insurance and go for the Relion.

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The Freestyle strips have two tiny projections on each side, and that's where the blood is sucked up from. You just touch one of these points to the blood and it goes right in.

I'm happy enough with this meter and strips that I've not considered looking at another one.

This was the only one my insurance company would cover. And they make the strips affordable. If at some point this changes, I'll probably just forget insurance and go for the Relion.
Do you ever test it using the test solution? Does that vary much?

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Do you ever test it using the test solution? Does that vary much?
Only once. I have to buy the test solution and it has a short life once opened.

I've not had any reason to question the readings so haven't seen the need for the test solution.

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Only once. I have to buy the test solution and it has a short life once opened.

I've not had any reason to question the readings so haven't seen the need for the test solution.
Your A1C looks good. Do you eat any starches at all or completely avoid them? What about non-starchy vegetables? Do they spike you? Were you having any symptoms bf you got things under control?

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Your A1C looks good. Do you eat any starches at all or completely avoid them? What about non-starchy vegetables? Do they spike you? Were you having any symptoms bf you got things under control?
I don't eat "starches" at all. Yes, they would spike my BG.

All my vegetables are low-carb ones: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, (a few) Brussels Sprouts, cucumber, green bell pepper, zucchini, etc.

I had no symptoms. My D was caught early with a fasting of 170 (the dr. didn't order an A1C, but I'm guessing it was in the pre- range). Took a OGTT and definitely failed it.

I immediately went on low-carb and by the time I went to see the diabetes nurse (about a week later) my BG in the office was 143. I already knew that the ADA diet she gave me was stupid. My 3-month A1C was 5.8.

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I don't eat "starches" at all. Yes, they would spike my BG.

All my vegetables are low-carb ones: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, (a few) Brussels Sprouts, cucumber, green bell pepper, zucchini, etc.

I had no symptoms. My D was caught early with a fasting of 170 (the dr. didn't order an A1C, but I'm guessing it was in the pre- range). Took a OGTT and definitely failed it.

I immediately went on low-carb and by the time I went to see the diabetes nurse (about a week later) my BG in the office was 143. I already knew that the ADA diet she gave me was stupid. My 3-month A1C was 5.8.
Thanks, so the non starchy vegetables don't seem to bother you much, correct? What about fruit? I imagine you stay away from fruit. Do you ever cheat sometimes? I have wanted a chocolate creme filled doughnut like so bad but I know what it will do to me. I also don't drink soft drinks any more but boy do I miss them.

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OD, have you stopped eating wheat? Try it for 2 weeks. I discovered that wheat caused me more cravings for things like donuts and sweets.

As for sodas/fruit and anything else that TASTES SWEET, you need to test! It's harsh, but sometimes the taste of sweet bumps blood sugar, because your body is expecting it. Eventually, you can get that to go away, but it does take time.

As most of us are super-low carb, fruit is usually severely limited if it's allowed at all.

Chocolate, on the other hand is completely doable. You want a bar with a high cocoa content (I like Lindt 85%), and I've been smearing mine with almond butter for dessert recently.

If what you miss about soda is the sweet, depending on your meter you might be able to tolerate some diet sodas. If you miss the fizz, try flavored fizzy water. And you can add sliced-up fruit/veggies to regular iced flat water to convince yourself to drink more.

But the key to figuring out your personal tolerance is to test, test, test.

Have your read LCHF for beginners? That gives you a great starting point for where you can start?

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What Jade said ^^^^

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Thanks Shanny....it finally showed up.

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