Type II Testing Not Effective?

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   Posted 12/22/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
The fellow being interviewed says test strips are too expensive. I wonder if he has a part-time job with an insurance company ;-)


Interestingly, another article on the same page recommends increased testing:

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   Posted 12/22/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the articles, Chris.  More contradictions, yet I can understand both concerns.  In the beginning when I started testing I used many more test strips than I do now because I didn't know how or what food affected my blood sugar.  The first year was a year of learning an immense amount of information (and confusion) for me.  My prescription allows 100 test strips a month because my doctor advised testing three times a day.  I think if I were on meds, the prescription would have been different.  Now, I sometimes test every other day and if I don't have any changes in what I eat, I don't test for several days.  I can do this because I'm controlled and I'm controlled because I follow a rather narrow diet plan in which I've eliminated carbs with the exception of certain occasions.  So, for me at this point,  testing three times a day is wasteful.  This is different for people on insulin or other meds, as the article says.  After going through all this and with diabetes in my family, I believe all people should be tested annually in their doctor's office and those with elevated blood sugar should be tested further, another fasting, an A1c and then maybe the GTT.  This is the only way to catch people before their blood sugar soars to dangerous levels.  I was lucky in that my doctor finally prescribed a blood sugar meter when my fasting was in the 120's - after a few up and down years.  My A1c was 6.5 at the highest and the last one was 5.5 because of my change of lifestyle and diet.  The bottom line is the blood sugar reading, so I think this as well as blood pressure should be automatically tested when we see the doctor and maybe fewer people would end up on meds for diabetes later on.  When I read that there's an upsurge of diabetes, I sometimes think yes and no.  Maybe it's just that more people are diagnosed (read, have been caught)! 
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   Posted 12/22/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
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

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