Desang magazine, access to blood test strips, Angela Coffey Balance magazine

LIVINGLIVING

By Angela Coffey, a freelance writer and previously Editor of

Balance, Diabetes UK's membership magazine

T

esting your blood sugar

regularly and acting on

the results is a surefire

way to help you manage

your diabetes and

understand what's going on with it. So,

why are people being asked to swap

their trusted meters or refused test strips

altogether? And, is there anything you can

you do to get the right supply of the strips

you need?

There's an abundance of blood test

meters on the market and, while they

vary, they all have one main goal: to give

you your blood sugar reading. With that,

you can act on the result, help keep your

diabetes under control and get on with

your life.

For many people, using their blood

test meter is second nature - like brushing

your teeth - and it's essential to help keep

diabetes complications at bay. All sounds

simple enough. But, over recent years,

access to test strips is becoming a real

struggle for some people. Diabetes UK

reports that 1 in 4 people have problems

getting the right amount of test strips they

need. Some get their supply reduced or

stopped altogether. Some healthcare

teams make this decision based on

personal circumstances, but it can also be

down to a blanket restriction by the local

NHS that hasn't even taken a person's

needs into account. It's pretty crazy to put

everyone into the same basket.

Compounding the issue, Clinical

Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have

been choosing one or two blood test

meters and only supplying certain blood

test strips on prescription, meaning

people need to change meters in order to

keep getting test strips. A recent Desang

reader survey found that 21.76% have

been asked to change meters. While 8%

of these didn't want to and were able to

stay with their original meter, 4% were

forced to change.

So, is it a problem to be moved onto

another meter? Many people think so.

While meters recommended by CCGs

meet the clinical standards, many people

tend to find they aren't as good as the

one they were using. Like anything we're

used to and in a routine with, people can

be very attached to their meters. And

familiarity certainly makes it easier to

keep up with the routine. So, swapping

- often to a lesser quality meter - can be

distressing.

The trouble is, one size doesn't fit

all. People rely on different features, so

NEED TO KNOW

BLOOD TEST STRIPS

Index

  1. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information
  2. London Medical, London Diabetes Centre, private diabetes clinic
  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  5. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  6. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news, Dexcom
  7. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods
  8. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  9. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  10. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  11. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  12. One Drop blood test meter, Lifescan OneTouch Verio Flex
  13. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  14. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  15. Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose system
  16. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine
  17. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine, FreeStyle Libre, Medtronic 640g
  18. My Diabetes Kit, Sue Wales, Desang magazine, FreeStyle Libre, Medtronic 640g
  19. Medtronic Guardian Connect
  20. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  21. Ascensia Contour Diabetes blood test meters
  22. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  23. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  24. Noctura 400 eyemask, Polyphotonix, diabetic retinopathy
  25. Accu-Chek Eversense implantable CGM
  26. Desang magazine, access to blood test strips, Angela Coffey Balance magazine
  27. UK Blood testing guidelines for diabetes
  28. UK Blood testing guidelines for diabetes
  29. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
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