UK Blood testing guidelines for diabetes

KITLIVING

different meters will appeal to different

people. Children, adults, elderly and

disabled people all have different

requirements. Even your type of job and

hobbies can have an impact on what you

need from a meter.

Some people will need a meter with

a large memory to store their test results,

or rely on software to download their

results in order to discuss them with their

diabetes team. Others may need a large

display screen, bigger buttons, and easyto-use menu options. Some people may

not care what size their meter is, but very

active people will most likely need a small,

all-in-one meter. To only give one or two

meter choices won't cater for everybody's

needs - and that's where problems can

arise. It's pretty crazy to put everyone in

the same basket"

Out of pocket

Whether you're facing an unwanted meter

change or a restriction in test strips, some

people will be forced to buy test strips,

instead of getting them on prescription.

Having to buy your own test strips isn't

cheap - and can even be costly to health.

If you have fewer test strips or a meter

that's harder to use, people may not be

able to test as much as they were doing,

or as much as they need to, causing

problems with diabetes management,

and increasing the risk of short- and longterm complications.

And, for those that drive, many people

are worried about not having enough test

strips to be safe on the road and meet

the legal requirements (see 'Testing

guidelines, below).

Testing guidelines

Depending on your type of diabetes and

treatment, you can be expected to test

multiple times a day.

In short, everyone with Type 1 and

many people with Type 2 (who use insulin

or other medication that can cause

hypos), need to test their blood sugar. So,

they need to have access to test strips

and the type of meter they need. But

testing - of course - can also be useful

for all people with Type 2 to help to keep

on top of their diabetes.

Official guidelines differ depending

on your circumstances. NICE says that

everyone with Type 1 should test their

blood sugar levels, as should pregnant

women with any type of diabetes, or those

planning to become pregnant, and people

with Type 2 who use insulin or any other

diabetes medication (like sulphonylureas

or prandial glucose regulators) that can

cause hypos.

With Type 1, it's recommended you

test at least four times a day, which

includes before meals and before bed.

Some people may need to test up to 10

times a day - even more - if they're very

sporty, if pregnant or if they have a lot of

hypos.

And, when it comes to driving, if you

use insulin, the DVLA/DVA states that

you must test before, and every two

hours during the journey. This will also

be the case for people on other diabetes

medication that can cause hypos. So

you'll need a good supply of test strips

just to carry on with your normal life.

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