Am I the only one concerned with the current testing "guidelines"?
This is what I'm being told.
Those on diabetes medication get one test strip per day some are only given one per week.
Those taking insulin should test 3x per day.
Yet, when you read booklets and are being "coached" by your diabetes nurse or educator and even the commercials, they are all saying to test often.
I am a type 1 on insulin for 17 years and now on the pump. I was told to test before and after meals. That's 6.
Then they want a fasting and a bedtime blood sugar. That's 2.
Sometimes they want me to test at 3 am because we think I'm dropping or spiking in the middle of the night. That's 1.
When you're sick you are told to test sometimes as often as every hour.
You are supposed to test before, during and after exercise. That's 3. You are supposed to test before you drive.
You are also supposed to test during strenuous activity. Such as gardening, yard work, bike riding, house cleaning.
Also when you're out in the hot weather.
I for one don't feel low blood sugars when I'm out in the heat or when doing strenuous activities until I'm in the danger zone.
I'm tired of having to "fight" for my test strips. Why does the ADA and Medicare only say or cover 3 test strips per day?
My insurance will not cover a CGM. I would love a CGM. It would certainly make my life a lot easier and a lot less stressful.