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Old 08-25-2015, 19:05   #41
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Maybe you should also discontinue the ginger ale.

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It was sugar free though.

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Artificial sweeteners can spike you too . . . they can be just as bad as sugar. You need to check it with your eat-to-your-meter technique. Are you practicing this, Tony?
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* Test again one hour after your first bite, and log the reading along with what and how much you ate. This is assumed to be about the highest peak - the spike - from the meal.
* Test a third time two hours after your first bite. This is hoped to show your blood sugar dropping back to roughly what it was before the meal. If it is, you're showing a good second phase insulin response. If it is not, you should continue testing until you find your blood sugar beginning to drop.

This can be used to test individual foods such as fruits and things you suspect are going to spike you



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I just read a web site about eat to your meter right before I got this. It is a diabetes forum in the UK. But the example chart they have shows A1C level (like 5, 11, etc), not the sugar level I am used to (like 80, 120, 150). I thought A1C didn't really change in days, let alone hours as it is an indication of the last 3 months.

However, I can get the principal. Testing three times a meal though can use 9 strips a day. Not sure insurance will cover that. I have an ultra touch meter but I can also buy another one that uses cheaper test strips if I should do that much.

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Walmart markets a decent line of meters under their ReliOn brand. All of them have cheaper strips, but the ReliOn Prime has the cheapest of all - 50 strips for $9.

Other chains like Walgreens, etc., have their own brands too, and they may well be competitively priced with ReliOn. Many of us here use ReliOn.

Insurance plans don't normally allow us enough strips anyhow, so may as well bite the bullet and go self-pay.




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Yup... the Relion strips are $9.99 for 50. The ones my insurance provides are $25 out of my pocket AFTER the insurance pays their part. It's cheaper for me to just use the Walmart ones. ::Sigh::

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And are Relion reliable? I would imagine there are some brands out there that are poor quality and give bad readings if they work at all?

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I just read a web site about eat to your meter right before I got this. It is a diabetes forum in the UK. But the example chart they have shows A1C level (like 5, 11, etc), not the sugar level I am used to (like 80, 120, 150). I thought A1C didn't really change in days, let alone hours as it is an indication of the last 3 months.
The UK uses the International standard for blood glucose measurements. The unit used is mmol per litre and it is 18.05 times larger than the US figure of mg/dL. So, 5 mmol/L is equivalent to 90, 11 is equivalent to 191.

HbA1c is also expressed in different units, so, for instance, my 5% would be reported in the UK as 31 mmol/mol. The conversion routine here is a bit messy, so don't worry about the detail here as most of the time, you'll see only percentage figures.

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And are Relion reliable? I would imagine there are some brands out there that are poor quality and give bad readings if they work at all?
I threw my Relion away. Too much variability from strip to strip
even using the same sample.

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ReliOn meters are as reliable as any other meter. All meters regardless of brand, meet the standard variation being 20% more or less. Your true level of 100 can be anywhere from 80 to 120. That's the approved variation. Surprised? Don't be.




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