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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 7/9/2006 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for your answering my other posts. His blood sugar has come down some this weekend, but ive put him back on a strict diet. He started walking again about a month ago every morning. He Takes an oral med called Starlix, which has worked well for him in the past. In reading many posts here ,i read that stress can be a factor. His mother died last year after a 4 month battle with cancer. And of course, he was there daily all day, didnt eat right, And even recently he has had depression. He had a check up in August 2005, for his blood glucose and all that, his doc said he had maintaied a 3.1 which is good. But from August on its been downhill. As a wife, i had bugged him about taking his pill about monitering his BS, but he just did it now and then.  I had noticed the last month or so a few differences in him. He was always hungry, drank more fluids, and ate more sweets. As a spouse of someone with diabetes, its very hard to be sure your husband takes his pill, moniters his BS and eat correctly. He is an artist, and is gone all day most days, so i have no way of knowing what he eats, however i think this is a wake up call for him, at least i hope so. Im eating the same things he is eating, so i dont tempt him to eat anyting bad. The thing is, im underweight, lol  and had just begun gaining weight again. Guess im just venting, sorry!!! I do have a question.  His test strips which he got in May 2005 are almost gone. He had one bottle left that says expires august 2006, but im a little leary, that they could be old. Im having the prescription refilled, but  that just shows you have little he has tested his BS. Can Test strips go BAD????  IM just so worried about him, dont know what to do?  Also so far Starlix is the only pill he has been able to take because he is allergic to sufla. And most diabetic meds are sulfa based.  I dont want him to have to start using insulin.  Thank you for your patience... Peppertree

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 7/10/2006 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there,

            I think that your husband is less informed than you about Diabetes and if uncontrolled,the complications that can arise.If his sugars are in the 300's and 400's,do you realistically think that starlix alone can bring down the numbers?His body is crying out for insulin replacement and sadly that's the brutal fact.I feel right now he is demotivated because of the loss of his mother and the stress arising out of it alone can jack up the numbers.By the way,don't throw away those glucose strips whose expiry date is august 2006.They will be accurate TILL THE END OF AUGUST.Since he is not totally following your advise about exercise,diet and regular medication,you will have to convince him to see an endo' as soon as possble.Have you mentioned the dose of Starlix he is taking in your previous post? :-)

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/22/2006 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Don't throw out those test strips. I know the MFGR of those things put short exp dates so they can sell you "new" ones.

I had some strips that were 2 years past their exp date and I tested them against some NEW ones and I got the same reading on those old ones that I got on the new ones.

I used to be the Quality Control Director of a pharmaceutical co. and found from my experience that drug mfgrs put short exp dates on their products. On drugs that were 5 years past their exp dates I only found that the drugs lost about 10% at the most of their potency from the day they were made.

Insulin is the same. It only loses about 10% of its potency after tests were done on insulin over five years past its exp date. You could actually use that old insulin if you adjusted the dose to accomadate for the 10% lost in potency.

The Pharmaceutical companys RAPE us with these exp dates, because they know we will buy new meds when the exp date on the product expires. I know for sure, I used to work in that industry and tested drugs for potency after experation.


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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/22/2006 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Bob, I have known for a long time that meds and creams, ointments, etc. were good way beyond their expiration date. Just like when I get a Rx at the pharmacy, they give a one year date to expire. I know the meds are good beyond that date.

I do keep all of my insulin in the refrigerator, though. I always use it up way prior to the expiration date. But I did get some strips from the pharmacy that had short expiration dates and I wasn't happy about that.

Thanks for letting everyone know the up and up about expiration dates.


I have hypothyroidism (1953), diabetes type 2 (1976), high cholesterol (1989), gastroparesis (1990), FMS (1995), and GERD (2006). I am these meds for FMS: Prozac 20 mg., Xanax .5 mg., Diclofenac 100 mg., Cytotec 200 mcg. (stomach med to go with Diclofenac), Lortab 10/500 mg. I am also on the other meds for various reasons: Nexium 40 mg., Cytomel 50 mcg., Detrol 2 mg., Reglan 10 mg., Novolog insulin, Novolin N insulin, Bumex. Also on B12 sublingually, magnesium, Centrum Silver Vitamin, CoQ10, and stool softeners.

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