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   Posted 10/6/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with type 2 today. I also have Crohns. My insurance would not cover the device "one-step" or anyother blood sugar testing thingy. I do have good insurance, so I thought. Today the pharmasist said they just decided to not cover it. He said they are just getting fussy. Umm...They GAVE me a bayer one that is an older type..I don't know? Is that one that much worse? I have to take some diabetes classes because I don't really even know what to do. I am so limited to what I can eat anyway due to the Crohns.:( Reguar M.D. said that 99 percent chance I got this due to the med's I am on for Crohns. I'm frustrated and I think I just need a day to cry.
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Lanie G
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   Posted 10/6/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi flowery, this is awful.  I can't believe the insurance company wouldn't cover the blood sugar monitor but they're approving diabetes classes??  Gosh.  Well, if you go to the websites for Bayer and One Touch you can get a free monitor with the kits.  Kits usually come with 10 test strips but of course you have to buy more and they're expensive if the insurance won't cover it.  I believe both Walgreen's and Walmart have their own brand of monitor and their strips are probably cheaper.  FYI:  the more carbs you eat, the higher the blood sugar will go.  This is why a diet-controlled diabetic follows a low-carb diet, cutting out bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, anything made with flour or sugar.  So, you have to figure out how to do that and be careful what you eat because of the Crohns.  Sorry I can't help more.  But if you have any questions about eating specifically here, you can look through our older threads and just ask us questions.  Good luck.
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   Posted 10/6/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thaks for your reply Lanie,
I ended up getting the Bayer Contour. I got it for free through the pharmacy thank goodness. I've just been taking my blood sugar levels today trying to figure things out. Thanks for the diet suggestions. With Crohns..carbs is one of the few things I can digest on bad days. I just need to take it day by day right now. Thanks again
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   Posted 10/16/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to our corner of sanity in this crazy world of DM. Are you still on the pred? Daughter has Crohns so I understand the food limits. She doesnt' have diabetes but she is kind of following my food plan anyway. We have lots of lean meats, cooked veggies (she finds that cooked until mooshie doesn't give her so much grief), yogurt, home made bread with real butter and veggie juices are ok on her tummy. She also eats lots of mozzarella cheese, chicken breast (poached), fruit without skins and cottage cheese. Hope this helps.
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   Posted 10/17/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I understand your frustrations. Just look at my list of troubles below that I've developed just over the last six years. The thyroid and pre-diabetes is brand new, though.

On the days I was told I had developed each one of them, I went through a blue phase of "why me, Lord". I've come to grips with each one of them slowly and made adjustments with my life.
The pre-diabetes I'm still adjusting to, but I've been making baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle for that. Lean meats, more veggies, limiting snacks, and being more active.

I hope you can get your insurance to do the right thing for you. Walmart does make a cheaper tester ($12) and testing strips ($18 for 50). My doctor has not told me to start testing yet or made me get a monitor, but I chose to get one on my own years ago when my mother developed type 2 and she suggested me to do it as a preventative.

Health problems: sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, GERD, glaucoma, OA, environmental, food, and drug allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, pre-diabetic
Medications:Nexium 2X a day, 300mg Zantac, K-Dur, Lasix 2X a day, Zyrtec, Zocor, Lumigan, fish oil, B12, Substex, calcium + D, Advair, Albuteral, nebulizer
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