Why are glucose test strips so expensive

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92903 tn?1309908311 I would also think that he would be able to tell you what he wants your PP to be, given that carb intake. Yes, strips are expensive and especially so when one tests as frequently as I do. Since I am diabetic my goal is tight control. I have heard diabetics say that their blood sugar isn't that bad because they don't need insulin. I don't really care what one uses as long as they are controlled - control is crucial. My situation is not typical. The highest my cholesterol has ever been is 120.
393685 tn?1425816122 Do you - or did you - have cancer and have had your thyroid removed? Are you autoimmune and struggling? So many - visit here and a thread like this is so important to know what's up. We as Leaders and members would like to know what has brought you to this board so we and others can direct you to the best resources available. Thanks and Happy Health!
Avatar n tn after breakfast, lunch and dinner and right before lunch and dinner also. Test also when you are symptomatic (ex. test if you feel shaky to confirm if you are really experiencing hypoglycemia or not). From what I understand the post-prandial readings (after meals) are the ones to fail first. So you could go years having after meal spikes before your fasting #s become high also. Often in the beginning stages of diabetes the pancreas will start to fail.
1160836 tn?1332333769 Im gonna try to use the fert monitor even though i know clomid can scew reading a bit. I got bought it new off ebay for $100 cdn the test strips are $56 but htats 30 sticks so could possibly be good for 3 months worth.
Avatar n tn Hi! It's my first time posting--hello everyone! Just have a question that someone might be able to help with... Ever since I got married I have had a VERY regular 28 day menstrual cycle--never late, never early. We are trying to get pregnant, and today I am at least five to six days late for my period. I did a pregnancy test this morning that came up negative. How reliable is that result since I usually have such a normal cycle?
Avatar n tn that little drop of blood is going to be used by your meter to give a reading that reflects the glucose/sugar in your body, so those test strips and meters are VERY sensitive to ANY presence of glucose... so, if you have ANY residual sugar on your skin, the reading might be inaccurately high... if you have ANY residual water or oil or lotion on your skin, the reading might be inaccurately low... Regardless, more importantly... how have your morning readings been?
336365 tn?1213323198 If you didn't fast then your 143 glucose reading is a false positive. The test most doctors administer to determine if you are diabetes candidate is called HgbA1c or hemoglobin A1c. Read about it here http://www.diabetes-blood-sugar-solutions.com/a1c-blood-test.
210400 tn?1325384170 Thanks so much, it seems so strange to ask but when the risks are so high with getting faint I just don't understand why the doctor can't do anything. Thanks so much for your input, I will keep peanut butter at my side!
Avatar f tn I have not found any glucose test strip company that offers discounts for the uninsured, but you will find many brands of test strips on eBay for 50% (or greater) off the normal price. Just be sure to buy unopened boxes only and always check the expiration dates. I've had good experiences buying my son's strips this way since he turned 21 and no longer qualified for Medicaid. He uses the One Touch Ultra, which normally sell for $1 per strip, but I can usually buy them for about .
Avatar n tn So I need the answers to two questions that will help me understand where I am and find the right path again. 1. Do I have to check my glucose before every meal? 2. What are the ranges of the blood glucose I must stick to? Please help me.
Avatar m tn Your kidneys are basically blood filters that keep your blood components in good balance - so I'm wondering why you are producing so much urine compared to what you are taking in. Your "checks and balances" seem to be off balance for some reason. Maybe you had a Urinary tract infection and it went to the kidneys or maybe the kidney themselves are having issues or the endocrine (hormone) system is out of whack for some unknown reason. You definitely need to see a doctor.
Avatar f tn I decided to screen myself for hypoglycemia so I did this for a while. Sadly, the darn test strips are so expensive but at least you can usually find a glucose meter on sale (or even free) every now and then! It's like those ink jet printers and their cartridges. But anyway, also make sure your glucose isn't crazy low first thing in the AM. It is probably not the case (was not the case for me either), but is safe and easy to check.
Avatar n tn Ideally, 15gm of glucose in the form of pure glucose (jel or tabs). Glucose tabs are relatively expensive compared to other almost-as-quick acting sources of carbos like: lifesaver candies, jelly beans, juice. The key is to control the amount we take to treat a low. Most foods in the US now have nutrition labels that tell us the serving size & the carbos per serving. To treat a low, we should avoid things that slow the action of the carbo.
1255761 tn?1294684689 I would either get another doctor who will give you correct information, or stay with this one but go ahead and educate myself completely. You can buy a meter without a prescription. But the strips are fairly expensive if they are not covered on insurance. My suggestion is to find a middle ground with all of this. Use the prediabetes as a wake-up call to make some changes, but don't freak out over it.
Avatar n tn I know when my sugar levels are too low when I start to feel hunger accompanied by nausea. Urine testing strips are still used to check for too much glucose. But the level of the glucose needs to be above 11 before it shows anything on the strip, and of course it does not give you any information of how high or low the level of glucose is in the body. It also depends on the persons kidney function.
125112 tn?1217277462 Thyroid hormones interact with estrogen and progesterone. That's why so many of us have "female" problems associated with our thyroid issues. You know, that's an interesting question about testing for Grave's versus Hashi's antibodies. I just know they are testing for antibodies - I figured one test just looked for "yes" or "no" on antibodies and it couldn't differentiate. Wow, maybe I'm completely off base. Time for a "shout out" to GravesLady!
798555 tn?1292791151 Made me anxious, but I have an anxiety problem. But there are a lot of other herbs that can help as well, and many formulas, so perhaps it's time to visit a naturopath. Good luck.
137025 tn?1217768341 I've upped my veges and fruit and have cut back seriously on portions. So I'm thinking I need a glucose meter, take the blood sugar now and then and see what's up. Every once in a while, I will read something that talks about "insulin-resistance" and am wondering if this is one of the gifts left to me by IFN. Anybody have any experience with this? Let me know, before I go see my GP, I need to know what to tell him.
20003388 tn?1515169640 My wife has diabetes and gets extra test strips for her meter so sometimes I use em and test my blood glucose. I've done it fasting and 2 hours after eating and it's always in normal range. My doc has been testing my A1c periodically for a year now and it's always come back normal for me. I just started a new diet today, well, since it's now after midnight technically yesterday (1/1/18). I also take a high quality pro-biotic and have been taking it for about a year now.
Avatar f tn The meters are cheap, sometimes free, but the strips are rather expensive. Once your hubby obtains good control, he won't need as many strips, but at first he's going to need to test at the very minimum four times daily (fasting and after each meal). I do not find pricking my finger to be very painful, whereas my arm is somewhat sensitive. I guess it's how you're wired. There is a lot to learn here, and there's a lot of bogus information out there, especially on the internet.
Avatar n tn Your comment is very interesting and informative. I have had to learn to live with increasing amounts of tiredness. I rying to have been on many detox diets or diets to try an eliminate certain foods , fiddling about trying to feel more consistantly enregenic. I find the battle in itself can be frustrating and exhuasting, cos you want to simply feel good for a whole day and hardly ever do. It's annoying feeling starving or exhausted and its mainly a toss up.
529981 tn?1212853666 Even after I wash my hair, the grainy like build up is still there. It is NOT flaky what so ever. My hair has also started to fall out and at the end of my hair, a white little grain is at the end. Hair will not stop falling out. I have gotten blood tests at a dermatology office and everything was normal. I also have tried about very type of zinc pyrithione shampoo, at the highest concentrations. Also I have tried, salycylic shampoos, tar shampoos, jojoba oil, AND nothing seems to help.
Avatar n tn It seems my liver and digestive system are so compromised they are why I am so sick. It is also from allergies. I tested allergic to everything food wise and it is from my compromised digestive system. I am sure it is from the klonopin I took and I hope and pray that my brain heals soon and takes in all the GABA it needs to counteract the glutamate I eat with foods. The lower the glutamate level I eat the less the headaches.
1358341 tn?1282213443 ceramic I guess its the finish glaze that can be toxic. Ph test STRIPS are avail through your Vet or even a pharmacy or online. The one recommended that I've read about is, "Ten-parameter reagent strip." Collection of the urine is not an easy thing to do, I would sure like to find a way that works with my Nemo. good luck.
Avatar n tn We are same age. Can you tell me what urologist told you. Check my post on page 2. My user name is sinipusa. I was sure I was getting prostatitis from cycling, 3 urologist confirm that with me. For past 3 to 4 months I have been drinking Whiskey and beer and no cycling at all and today after 14 months I got gross hematuria again.
272759 tn?1270489194 I have extremely sore boobs all of a sudden, so its either on its way or I am pregnant. I will try to go get a blood test today, but since we are in the middle of a blizzard I may not....
Avatar n tn There has to be a reason why this is happening, maybe they should test the liquid in the bump to see what they come up with. It can't be as cut and dry as a cream that doesn't really work. That means it's still undiagnosed. Wow a doctor needs to help.
Avatar f tn Haven't checked with my specialist yet. Will consult him more in next visit and let you know. Normally he is so busy and ppl are in a huge queue to get to see him and each visit average 5 -10 mins. That is the practice in where I live. No phone consultation either... So I have to do all research independently... You have told me much more info that he did. Really appreciate it...