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Is There Value To "stick Testing" If You Are Not Taking Insulin?

Is There Value To "stick Testing" If You Are Not Taking Insulin?

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

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

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.

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

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

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

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! 😀

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

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.

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

In UK was considered unhelpful for T2 not on insulin to test,citing " fact" that would cause undue concern.
I operated in the dark until started insulin,would have been more successful control if had been able to test.

posted 5 months ago
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