I wouldn't disagree that the strips are too expensive, unnecessarily so (mine amount to about
$.86 each). I also realize that this is one of the biggest cash cows for the pharma industry.
However convoluted, I do understand the message the guy was trying to put out there... testing your blood sugar IS a waste of time if the knowledge of how to interpret that reading is not there.
No matter how many times a day one tests, it's meaningless just to record the number without analysing what it means. A BG meter is just a tool that lets you know how well you're doing on your regimen. Too many folks think the testing is what matters; that and believing it's the number itself that's important and not what it represents.
I could see a well-managed Type 2 for example, as having to test only a few random times a week. If you're pretty routine with lifestyle and have a good understanding of what things affect your blood sugar, testing becomes periodic maintenance and logically requires less strips.
Type 1 is a different story, as he mentions. I can attest to needing to test at least 7 times a day. Testing for me is like driving blindfolded and being able to peek once in a while to know how many tires I still have on the road (or if I'm even still on it
Much more emphasis does needs to be put on educating folks about
food - NOT what big business (grain council, dairy board, etc.), tells us is "healthy" for us but, by educating ourselves through various different avenues - like HERE! Learning from diabetics themselves. Education also takes an effort and dedication most are not willing to invest in - Why? Not sure. Maybe health is just not important enough? (There seems to me to be a growing movement of people in general wanting to know what they're eating so, hopefully, things will change.)
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus