06-18-2011 06:22 AM
06-19-2011 05:38 AM
Though a lot of other meters come with an interchangeable cap for your lancet holder (sorry I don't know the proper name) that is clear and lets you use it on your arm, so it doesn't really matter if you get that particular meter on TV. I am a fan of Freestyle and I know Onetouch Lite is nice; I would like to switch to that one maybe sometime in the future.
06-19-2011 03:32 PM
I am a T2, have been for over 20 years.
I'm just a guy who has had type 2 diabetes for 30+ years.
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Latest A1C 5.4 on 7/9/13
Lipids test on 8/22/13
Total Cholesterol 132
HDL Cholesterol 45
LDL Cholesterol 68
10mg Simvastain for Cholesterol
500mg Metformin twice a day
20 Units Lantus, a long lasting insulin since June 2012
81mg Asprin once a day
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06-20-2011 04:45 PM
06-20-2011 07:03 PM
We have tested at times when she's at the doctors office. They do the finger prick and she checks her meter against theirs. This way, she knows her meter is working correctly for when she's home.
Mother of Courtney, Dx'd Type 1 in 2006 at age 14.
06-30-2011 11:32 PM
08-11-2011 07:20 AM
Diagnosed 2012 A1C 9.6
Last A1C 5.4
08-12-2011 02:39 AM
I just did a T2 Diabetes refresher course, and one of the things we were told was:
Don't use alternate site tests to determine mealtime insulin needs, only use fingers. We were told that the finger stick blood is more accurate --
I know this sounds screwy, you'd think blood is blood, but that's what we were told. And, I think there was a note in the manual for my new USB meter that said the same thing (but I can't find the booklet right now.)
As far as meters go, most have an alternate site (clear) cap that fits on the lancet device. Finger pricks done on the side of the end of fingers doesn't hurt much - on the pad of the fingertip there are way too many nerve endings which makes it hurt. Also set the lancet device at the shallowest setting that will get enough blood to test. This takes some practice. I hope this helps you and your dad. ---Speechlady
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08-13-2011 04:31 AM
As a result, the blood in our fingers is fresh and new, and matches the blood coming from the heart, rather than showing us what was happening fifteen or twenty minutes ago. It may have a higher or lower glucose content than the blood found elsewhere.
A blood test on the arm may be okay for a morning fasting reading, but if you are concerned about dropping too low, or want to see if your snack was enough to raise blood sugar, testing on the fingers is a lot more precise.
08-17-2011 07:27 AM
Location: Massachusetts South Shore
Diabetes Type: 2
A1C results: 17 (at dx), 8.3 (2 months after dx), 5.2, 5.2, 5.1, 5.2 (<-- latest 10.10.2012)
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