I don't take diabetes medications and never have yet I wanted to "stick test".
In Canada while the price of drugs is a fraction of that in the US, test strips for home glucose meters do not share that particular bennie - regardless of brand they cost about a buck a strip.
So for me to make it viable I needed to get a Doc to "write a prescription" which would then allow me to send the bill to my insurance company (private).
Our publicly funded assistance for Diabetics will only cover the cost… read more
Yes forgot to mention in Canada most private insurances cover the Libre system, when I was working as a nurse they covered 80 % of the cost, now retired on my spouses plan they cover only 70 %. But the Libre system is what helped me undertand which food I could eat safely and those that spiked me to high I eliminated from my diet. Some I reintroduced once I became more stable and was off diabetic medications. It is a very good tool to manage diabetes with dietary changes as you can scan every minute if need be lol.
I know in Canada they reserve the Dexcom for those with type 1 diabetes, the reason being is type 1 requires insulin to treat as it is an autoimmune disease that destroys the pancreas therefore no choice to take insulin and harder to manage.
In Canada, your insce only covers the cost of the of the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system sensor. I paid for my own, and the sensor replacement kits until I became Insulin dependent. The replacement kit includes: 1 Sensor Applicator,1 Sensor pack, 2 alcohol Wipes, and a product Insert with instructions. I find it very easy to use , no finger pricks and can be used multiple times daily. I use mine about 10 times daily. The little reader keeps track of your readings, numbers, highs and lows. average Glucose, Daily patterns, time in target, low-glucose events, and Sensor usage! You can set levels, reminders, notification times, etc. as you wish. And it comes with a great instruction book. Diabetes is nuisance enough, but I highly recommend this item! The reader is small enough to fit in your pocket, and I always take mine to bed with me. If I wish, I can check my numbers during the night. It is rechargeable as well. Good Luck! Myrna Lee
I have been Type 2 for years. I am 77 years old, and on insulin! I decided to try a freestyle Libre to keep track of my glucose test numbers. It works great not requiring finger sticks and easy to use. I can check my blood as many times as I want. I wear a small round sensor on my arm which contains a small needle that lasts for 2 weeks, I also use a small reader that captures the info from the sensor. These items are all part of the kit. The reader gives your numbers, a graph that shows the track of your sugars during the day, the direction of your levels, allows you to see all the levels during the day! I love mine! Discus it with your doctor! I have had mine about 2 years. It was relatively expense when I got mine, but has come down in price. And, because I am insulin dependent, I get the replacement kits free! I get the new sensors at my drug store! 😀
I concur with testing regularly to let the numbers help guide me to success and to have an idea how my A1C will be. I also like the idea of eating to the meter because I’ve found certain carb foods that I enjoyed pre-diabetes that don’t spike me and can continue to enjoy.
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