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3 years ago  ::  Dec 13, 2011 - 10:31AM #16
Thomas
Posts: 225
type2

Right now my insurance will only pay for 3 tests per day.

3 years ago  ::  Nov 07, 2011 - 3:20PM #15
alan_s
Posts: 2,897
type2

Nov 4, 2011 -- 3:15PM, Lynn wrote:

I have been testing my BG with Freestyle Lite for over a year now and I really thought this should show me how to control my BG but due to variations in test strip readings from one lot to another I cannot be sure I am doing well when the tests show under 100 or not. I have noticed as much as a 20mg difference from one set of test strips to another. Every time I get a new lot of strips the average readings will either go up or down by as much as 20mg. I seem to have to rely on the A1C test every so often to be sure. This doesn't allow me to do a good job of controlling my BG. Anyone else have this kind of problem?

Lynn 


Lynn, look for trends rather than absolute numbers. If you test often enough and at the right times you will see those trends despite the variations in meters and strips.


Please read this and consider applying it: Test, Review, Adjust


When you do, test a little more at first to find your most consistent peak timing after meals and use that time for your testing.

Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia.
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3 years ago  ::  Nov 07, 2011 - 1:38AM #14
cmkeyse
Posts: 3,349

Lynn,


One good reason to try to prevent diabetes, is that you get lots of tests because you are diabetic and they can be both costly and invasive. If you are in good shape, most will be negative or at least the second opinions will  be. I went to a kidney doctor recently and he told me what I would be expected to do to treat my kidney disease and he even wrote a two page letter explaining the situation to my primary care doctor. He ignored my suggestion about waiting until he got my test results back before taking action. After he called to tell me I had no kidney disease and cancelled the follow-up visit, he wrote a one sentence letter explaining the I had no kidney disease. This is the third time such a situation has happened. You just don't get credit for being in shape if you are diabetic.


I go to the eye doctor as the ADA recommends every year even though I have never had any retinopathy. 


Chuck

3 years ago  ::  Nov 06, 2011 - 6:16PM #13
Lynn
Posts: 10

Hey Chuck, my back has been a on/off problem for more than 40 years also, but I have managed with it. I left the Navy with an abnormal EKG and things got worse from there. Now my EKG is more normal than then and colesterol and all normal after all this time.


Mostly I walk at least a mile every day and visit the local YMCA ever so often.


Lynn

3 years ago  ::  Nov 06, 2011 - 5:53PM #12
cmkeyse
Posts: 3,349

Lynn,


I have had a slipped disk in my back for the last forty years, exercise to strengthen my abs have kept me out of the operating room. Resistance training helps control glucose, lowers insulin resistance, protects joints and one can exercise only muscles that don't cause pain. Strength training has help me to not have near as much pain as I had before I got in shape.


The city gym in Coral Springs has five exercise rooms, the one for seniors has resistance training equipment in it.


Chuck


3 years ago  ::  Nov 06, 2011 - 1:26PM #11
Lynn
Posts: 10

Thanks again Chuck.


I definately agree. Your weight, colesterol, tryglycerides and such are the key elements of your health. To get each where they need be is, and has been quite a struggle. As I approach 70 years of age I am proud to say, for the first time in my lifetime (since being checked) all of these things I have lowered to a normal place. My weight is now higher but at 175 lbs I am still happy with that. Exercise is a problem because of a bad back and Periferal Neuropathy My feet hurt almost all the time.


Lynn 

3 years ago  ::  Nov 06, 2011 - 12:30PM #10
Thomas
Posts: 225
type2

For me exercise makes the biggest difference.


 

3 years ago  ::  Nov 06, 2011 - 11:41AM #9
cmkeyse
Posts: 3,349

Lynn,


There is a very good book "Beating Diabetes" that describes the diabetes prevention program that NIH contracted for. There is a lot of practical information in that book.


After I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I decided to try several doctors to find one that knew about diabetes treatment. One doctor told me to read my scales to see how effective my diabetes treatment was. I thought he was an idiot and never went back to him. However, 15 year later, I have come around to the view he was right. Insulin resistance is what you need to measure and a scales measures that more directly than glucose levels. Insulin resistance is very stable and as you have seen glucose reading are NOT. Actually the best measure is percent body fat because that takes into account both weight loss and muscle mass.


Right now you have the best chance of doing things that will result in good health for years at least raise the odds. 


Treating or preventing diabetes as all about prevention of plaque build up, keeping the heart strong and reducing body fat, all related goals. Based on this analysis, fitness is number one followed by a sensible diet. That is my conclusion after living with diabetes for 15 years.


Good luck!


Chuck

3 years ago  ::  Nov 06, 2011 - 7:58AM #8
Lynn
Posts: 10

Thanks Chuck.


As a matter of fact I did call Abbott and they sent me 10 free strips which read on the low side. They also sent me some control solution which both low and high testing batches read within 1 or 2 of each other. They did tell me there were some bad batches but mine was not one of them.


It seems totally unfair because I got a batch that read on the high side then 50 strips later I got a set of strips that were reading low. I had made some changes to when I take my supplements at about the same time so I thought I was really doing something right. Now I have another new batch of strips and it's back up there. I know a high of 120 is not to be concerned with but I am not going to waste my time checking when there is this much variability.



Thanks again.


Lynn

3 years ago  ::  Nov 05, 2011 - 5:41PM #7
cmkeyse
Posts: 3,349

Lynn,


The Freestyle site has the following quote:


"How accurate are the new FreeStyle Lite test strips?







To improve the FreeStyle Lite test strip accuracy,the new GDH-FAD4 chemistry minimizes interference from 22 common substances, such as acetaminophen, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), uric acid, maltose and galactose. Additionally, clinical studies on the new FreeStyle Litetest strip have shown greater accuracy versus OneTouch® Ultra®2, Accu-Chek® Aviva, and Contour® systems.5"




Your problem seems to indicate that your meter or strips are defective. I would call Abbott's laboratory, there should be a number with either you meter material or strips. Since these companies make money on selling strips, they should be more than happy to resolve your problem to your satisfaction. I have been testing for 15 years and have never experience the variability you are experiencing. Without stability, how can you use testing to tell you anything or have confidience you are doing the right things.


Chuck 






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