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Glucometers.

Glucometers.

I just saw the changes that Tricare is making to their formulary in January. It looks like they'll be dropping the Freestyle meter in favor of the Lifescan meter. When I checked the comparison charts online, it seems they will be trading accuracy for cost. I've found the Freestyle meter to be very good and gives me consistent readings that seem inline with my A1c. Does anyone here use the lifescan meters and how do you think it performs in regards to accuracy? I've tried so many other… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

There are a lot of changes that have started and many more coming for meters, and test strips, needles, pens, food, portions, carbs just about the whole system as we were told to go down the wrong road! Many of the classes are not right and I even was told to leave some after I proved my point to them . The FDA says it will be two years or more before they get a new system in place. They will be looking at blood pressure and glucose count also and many other things. I have done much research and trial and error on myself and after having out of control Diabetes and that is what it says on my health charts for over 26 years and have been up to 18 for a glucose count and blood pressure up to 229 over 116 for a very long time and was caused by improper medication from Doctors. I had an auto accident in May of this year was taken to the emergency room after passing out and did not even know I did. Spent time in the hospital and they changed my medicine and the report also says bad doctor and bad medicine and I had to stay in the hospital to also adjust to the new medicine that now keeps my glucose between 80 to 105 and my blood pressure 105/75 or 115/87 and feel so much better and not in a fog anymore! I also have to new Doctors as they would not listen to me and wanted me back on the old medicines! I had a glucose meter that would vary if I was to take blood three times in a row it would read 105, 140, 90 so witch one do I go with and I did this in front of the Doctor and she did not know what to say and that was on (one touch ultra meter) ! They have a chart you can look up and they tell you the good one's and bad one's. I find that most people don't want to do any research and want the Doctor to do it all and that is never going to happen and a regular GP Doctor only has about twenty minutes of training on Diabetes! When they played with the food back in 1960's that was when the FDA was not telling the truth and it is all coming out now but Doctors will never say anything as they have been told give the people drugs and that is not a cure but is a killer!

posted over 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I have a Dexcom Constant glucometer system and I love it not because I don't have to stick myself as often, but because it gives you more usable information on the computer and you always know what your blood sugar is so you can really monitor your eating styles and what every dietary choice will do to your overall numbers.

posted over 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Last year they changed me from an accu check meter to the lifestyle one,and now they're gonna change it again??? Also my dr had originally had me testing twice a day,then it was switched to once a day,when i questioned it,he said medicare would only pay for once a day testing.We also have tri care for life as dh is a retired marine,who served in viet nam.

Seems like every year they take more and more from us,doesn't it.Thankfully my diabetes stays pretty well in check if i pay attention to what i eat,drink and do,and i'm pretty good at that.If memory serves me correctly my AiC has never gone over 7,usually hangs out around 6.7-6.9..

posted over 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Hello Suecsdy I now have a new freestyle libre meter I feel this is a great meter it is a sensor no daily picks in my finger just scan; unless you numbers are low the meter suggests to do do that for comparison before taking any medications for clarity that s is my number from my freestyle libre hope it helps

posted over 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I have no experience with lifescan. Have used the Freestyle lite for years and like the results. The strips can be pricey though but a good meter.
Take care😉

posted 6 months ago
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