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I know this is an old post but I'm new here and am English. I have to put this right. We dont all have to take the other meds at all. You only take it if you need it. I am on 1000g x2 of glucophage sr (slow release metformin) and 100g x1 a day of sitigliptin. We do however get free prescriptions for life which is a nice bonus.
The testing strips type 2 has to pay for. If your type 1 you get it free as you have to test several times a day and type 2's dont. When i think about it, we dont get anything free over here. You pay medical insurence if i got that right where as we have it taken from our wages before we get it. Just like tax is automatically taken out, so is our national insurence. It's only about £3 a week though.
Good job we have some knowledge then. I only got diagnosed October type 2 but think they got the type wrong. Some of my symptoms fit type 1 but trying to get the doctors to listen is proving hard. I hear all the time that if your an adult you get diagnosed T2 automatically. I,m sat at my computer having tantrums now. Just rang my docs to make an appointment to talk it over and they are shut for staff training.
I have been on bp meds for 9 years now (due to a history of stroke in my family) and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes nearly 3 years ago (17.2.2009). I am now on 4 Metformin tabs a day along with the bp stuff, pravastatin, glimepiride and Actos - if you shook me, I'd rattle, but I went to the diabetic clinic today and - woo-hoo! The combo seems to be doing the trick! I'm down to 75 - I've still got a way to go, but I don't have to go back for another 4 months instead of the usual three. They did try me on Victoza for a while, but after a promising start, it just wasn't working quickly enough, but at least it got me used to having injections - I didn't even flinch at the dentist's last week!