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Old 01-13-2014, 00:39   #1
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I'm type 2 diabetic, but my physician isn't a proponent of frequent testing. He just goes by the quarterly A1C. Once in a great while - MAYBE once a month - I'll have a reaction. So, we requested some test strips. Unfortunately, I was intending to get a single container of 50 strips for my Bayer Contour. When my wife picked them up, there were three containers, so we've now got 150 strips. At the rate we use them - doing a quick test when I feel like I'm having a low sugar reaction - these will last YEARS........

My question, and it's actually 2 parts. Since at the rate I use them, the strips will expire long before they're used, can I store them in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator to extend their life? The other part is we have an RV, and I have two meters. I'd like to keep the second meter in the RV so I have it when traveling. BUT, when it's at home, temps in the RV easily hit 110 - 120 degrees. Since the refrigerator is on during the hot season, I'd like to store the strips in the refrigerator there to preserve them. How do other people handle storage in really hot areas?

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I'll answer your fridge storage question.

No.

Most strips have a range of 40-86 for storage. Basically room temperature.

Why not just test more often and get good use from them?

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Condensation can ruin your strips just like it ruins your bread in the refrigerator.

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The only way to take control of your BG is to test,test and test some more. Search this forum for "eating to your meter" seems most doctors have an issue with testing frequently ,but have no problems with prescribing dangerous diabetic drugs .
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I'm type 2 diabetic, but my physician isn't a proponent of frequent testing. He just goes by the quarterly A1C. Once in a great while - MAYBE once a month - I'll have a reaction. So, we requested some test strips.
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How often did you test and what did they tell you was bad (if anything)?Anything over 140 mg/dL damage can be occurring. What kind of reaction?

What is your A1c? Being nosey with good intent. Most of us had doc's that don't have a clue as to what is best to do to really have control of our blood glucose. If we were lucky, we got an ADA pamphlet, which for the most part is useless too.

Welcome to the forum. Read all you can here and ask all the questions that come to mind. Everyone here is willing to share whats works for them. Also if you want or don't want to know more about how to control this disease, google bloodsugar101 and read everything there. It is referred to as our "Bible"

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Hello and welcome, DK. The A1c is a good test, but used alone it is a poor indicator of diabetes control. In fact, the low episodes you describe having are skewing your A1c. Are you on any diabetes meds for lowering your blood sugar? If you are type 2, then certain meds themselves could be causing these spells.

Your doc is acting like most of the other docs we've met, insisting that there's no cause for us to test at home. Truth is, 'at home' is where we manage our diabetes - irrespective of whatever little pills the docs have so generously prescribed - and if we don't even know what our blood sugar IS, then we can't very well manage it, can we? And if we don't manage it, and it runs high, then we just take more meds to lower it. We ride the rollercoaster just like you are - having lows and then highs and then lows again. These swings are at best uncomfortable and at worst they are dangerous to our health in the long run.

You will find miles of posts here about eating-to-your-meter, and it's an extremely useful tool in starting out. Once your meter teaches you which foods are raising your blood sugar, you can normally cut back on testing so much, but there is very useful information to be gained from testing a lot.

I hope you will use all these extra strips to try out a testing regimen and learn more about your diabetes. I think your doc is keeping you in the dark, and that isn't right. You can take the reins here and do a much better job yourself - probably eliminating these reactions to begin with.




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I had a feeling when I created this topic that saying I don't do daily tests was gonna be like a big red flag.............

My most recent A1C was 6.3 last week. It usually runs between 6.2 and 6.7 depending on how well I've done taking the meds........

As for meds... Morning is 1000mg Metformin, 15 mg Pioglitazone, 1.2 mg of Victoza. Evening is 2mg glimepiride, 1000mg Metformin

BTW: They tried Byetta before the Victoza... It wasn't pretty. Within a month, with no other changes, my blood sugar was 275 first thing in the morning... After 6 weeks the Byetta went away.

I then became this practice's first person taking Victoza.

As for testing... It's been long enough that I don't recall what my readings usually were. I originally tested 3-4 times/day and used the Contour to feed the computer to make charts... The doctor liked them but didn't feel they were useful, so he had me limit testing to first thing in the morning. Again, I don't recall the numbers, but I believe they were usually below 140, although in truth I don't recall anyone telling me anything under 200 was a problem... So, no more testing which didn't break my heart 'cause I've always hated poking myself!

And, of course, he's a doctor, so if he says don't test, and I don't WANT to test, I wasn't about to argue... Maybe not the best idea?

When I do have a reaction, it's almost always in the afternoon... I don't recall ever having one in the evening. Last one, I did a quick test and the blood sugar was 58. Which is odd, 'cause it was Saturday and we had a more complete breakfast than usual.

I have the horrible feeling I'm about to learn a whole lot more about this than I want to, 'cause it sounds like I've been happily, blissfully, ignorant for quite a while...

I"ll be interested to see feedback on the meds.

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You can read about the drugs here. Most of us refuse to take any diabetic drug except Metformin, and most control our diabetes with or without Metformin and by eating low carb/high fat. LCHF for Beginners

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I have the horrible feeling I'm about to learn a whole lot more about this than I want to, 'cause it sounds like I've been happily, blissfully, ignorant for quite a while.
If you do your reading at Blood Sugar 101 as mbuster advised, that 'horrible feeling' will be replaced with knowledge. When it comes to diabetes, knowledge is power. We can control it, it doesn't have to control us.

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So you know where this is going, eh, dk? What's the diet like? How many carbs are we eating per day to require all of the above named meds? Welcome aboard.

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I was like you and thought the doctor went to school to study all this and he (she) should know best and can be blindly followed. Then when A1c was 8.8% and not mentioned because we were so happy my cholesterols were so good, I decided I better look into this some more on my own. I found the forum and common sense reasoning, ideas, and treatments used and shared by members here, all backed by clinical studies, made me realize I didn't need to look anywhere else. You won't be steered in the wrong direction here. If it seems we get too critical, it is personal, but criticism toward how you were advised, not at you. We all originally assume the doctors and dietitians and nutritionists know best. But that is not the case. They know what they were taught, problem is they were taught wrong. Hang in there (here) and you will see improvements, not only in BG control, but general well being and health as well.

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