Free Abbott Diabetes Care Blood Glucose Meter
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Free Abbott Diabetes Care Blood Glucose Meter

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Found 4th Jun 2013
Free meter for testing blood glucose levels. You get a choice of 3 different ones, I ordered the FreeStyle Optium as it also checks for ketones which is handy, especially if you are type 1.

It comes with some lancets and test strips too, and I personally found it better to use than the Accu-Check meter I previously had.

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You can't get free test strips on prescription with any device apart from the new One Touch machine. Only type 1 can get the One Touch free strips. All other machines & type 2 diabetics have to pay for strips now. It's a new government decision.

Original Poster

It is, more "cost saving" measures. This will probably cost them more in hospital admissions in the long run.

This fact sheet has some useful info. I dont know if anyones manged to get a decision overturned though.

diabetes.org.uk/Doc…pdf

NICE recommendations
Self-monitoring of plasma glucose should be available:
to those on insulin treatment
to those on oral glucose lowering medications to provide information on hypoglycaemia
to assess changes in glucose control resulting from medications and lifestyle changes
to monitor changes during intercurrent illness
to ensure safety during activities, including driving

i still get them as a type 2 for driving

Could be useful to a lot of people.Cheers.OP

thanks op

can someone plz tell me how to get it, I really want one...

Ellikhan

can someone plz tell me how to get it, I really want one...



click get deal and fill in your details - simples

n15hu

You can't get free test strips on prescription with any device apart from … You can't get free test strips on prescription with any device apart from the new One Touch machine. Only type 1 can get the One Touch free strips. All other machines & type 2 diabetics have to pay for strips now. It's a new government decision.



Not heard this before, do you have a link?

Thanks, my current Optium meter keeps giving me a low battery error, despite replacing the battery

Need more coffee.
Read the title as Diane Abbott's blood glucose meter.
oO
Edited by: "slharbron" 4th Jun 2013

amar98765

Not heard this before, do you have a link?



Nor me either. I know a lot of GPs are telling patients that they HAVE to switch to the One Touch test meter because the PCT have told them they need to save money, however, they are abusing the guidelines set by the PCT which actually state this is for Type II Diabetics. My GP changed their mind when I told them what I knew and that if they did not issue the items which I required to monitor my condition to stay alive, then I would bring them before the local PCT!

I sent off for a Bayer meter for my fella a while back, it turned out not to be very good quality (sometimes had to use 3 strips before it would register on the bloody thing) so a different one would be great, thanks OP.

PurpleLassie

I sent off for a Bayer meter for my fella a while back, it turned out not … I sent off for a Bayer meter for my fella a while back, it turned out not to be very good quality (sometimes had to use 3 strips before it would register on the bloody thing) so a different one would be great, thanks OP.



Just out of interest, which Bayer meter did you send off for?

Type 2 diabetes is self induced and also known as fatty diabetes.
The majority with type 2 will have been able to completely get rid of it by losing weight.
It's right that people with self induced diabetes should have to pay for their test strips.

mail-stephens

Just out of interest, which Bayer meter did you send off for?



Sorry, I can't remember the model, only that is was Bayer.

ron61

NICE recommendationsSelf-monitoring of plasma glucose should be … NICE recommendationsSelf-monitoring of plasma glucose should be available:to those on insulin treatmentto those on oral glucose lowering medications to provide information on hypoglycaemiato assess changes in glucose control resulting from medications and lifestyle changesto monitor changes during intercurrent illnessto ensure safety during activities, including drivingi still get them as a type 2 for driving



Now now Ron.....you know you should be walking rather than taking the car.

Evy

It is, more "cost saving" measures. This will probably cost them more in … It is, more "cost saving" measures. This will probably cost them more in hospital admissions in the long run. This fact sheet has some useful info. I dont know if anyones manged to get a decision overturned though. http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Documents/How%20we%20help%20other/Test%20strips%202011.pdf



You have to be careful with some of these meters as the test strips are prohibitively expensive and are not approved.
I stuck with my accu-chek aviva till my type 1 diabetes was cured after 41 years of diabetes by a pancreas/kidney transplant at the Manchester royal infirmary this January.

If your a type 2 diabetic you are killing yourself.
If your type 1 then bless you.

aoqy23

Type 2 diabetes is self induced and also known as fatty diabetes.The … Type 2 diabetes is self induced and also known as fatty diabetes.The majority with type 2 will have been able to completely get rid of it by losing weight.It's right that people with self induced diabetes should have to pay for their test strips.



Are you a type 2 diabetic that knows all there is to know or are you just listening to government guff that is complete rubbish?

wills02

Are you a type 2 diabetic that knows all there is to know or are you just … Are you a type 2 diabetic that knows all there is to know or are you just listening to government guff that is complete rubbish?



What a load of tripe! There are many type 2's who have a healthy bmi and who are not over weight. It infuriates me how ignorant some people can be. I have a hormone imbalance which has lead to type 2 because of the insulin resistance. Please get educated people before making off the cuff remarks

thanks, will sell on ebay.

aoqy23

Type 2 diabetes is self induced and also known as fatty diabetes.The … Type 2 diabetes is self induced and also known as fatty diabetes.The majority with type 2 will have been able to completely get rid of it by losing weight.It's right that people with self induced diabetes should have to pay for their test strips.



Sorry, that is complete rubbish.

To quote from "diabetes for dummies" (seems appropriate) - you cannot become diabetic due to obesity. However, you may be obese due to diabetes.

Oh, and you can NEVER, under any circumstances "completely get rid of it by losing weight."

If you are diabetic you are diabetic, you don't "catch" it and you can't lose it. You can control it, and reduce your risk of serious diabetic related complications by losing weight but that is nothing to with the diabetes.

elliff

Sorry, that is complete rubbish.To quote from "diabetes for dummies" … Sorry, that is complete rubbish.To quote from "diabetes for dummies" (seems appropriate) - you cannot become diabetic due to obesity. However, you may be obese due to diabetes.Oh, and you can NEVER, under any circumstances "completely get rid of it by losing weight." If you are diabetic you are diabetic, you don't "catch" it and you can't lose it. You can control it, and reduce your risk of serious diabetic related complications by losing weight but that is nothing to with the diabetes.



That's why its for dummy's.
I've forgotten more about diabetes than you will ever know.
Phaps you need to check with type 1 diabetics or better still an endocrinologist.
I can only assume if you have diabetes its type 2 caused by your weight.
Don't shoot the messenger. I didn't eat to much, you did.

drive for work don't think they will let me walk will have to ask X)

elliff

Sorry, that is complete rubbish..



bbc.co.uk/new…480

6,2" 10 st 5lb last time I checked was not over weight

*6'*

And how the hell is this free?

ron61

6,2" 10 st 5lb last time I checked was not over weight



Yeah, it's underweight for a male IMO.

Wotwot123

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14503480



That's the problem with many type 2 diabetics.
They ignore fact so they can continue eating to much.
They lack self control with regard food and sugar so look for other excuses.
That's why their numbers are on the increase.

ron61

6,2" 10 st 5lb last time I checked was not over weight


In that case I would suspect you have other health conditions that have led to your type 2.

ron61

drive for work don't think they will let me walk will have to ask X)


I was only joking Ron, its what most diabetic specialists say.

And just to add about this comment from the useless idiots/dummy guide.
"However, you may be obese due to diabetes."
Type 1 diabetics are treated with insulin which has been known to be used as a superb slimming aid.
Type 2 diabetics get fatter because of medication and also because they continue to ignore the advice they are given.
Not every type 2 diabetic gets type 2 because they are fat. Many have other illnesses which cause them to develop it.
Those who get it because of their weight only have themselves to blame an IMHO should have to pay for their blood test strips....it may help them lose weight by losing between £25 to £50 for each pack of test strips they purchase.
All other diabetics should continue to get free treatment as they had no choice whether they got diabetes or not.

Thank you, I forwarded it to my boyf who has Type I and Addison's. He seems to get hypos quite regularly, so I'm not sure if it will be useful (obviously he has a blood monitor already), but forwarded it to him to have a look at the page.

remember to update it as it was doing readings wrong i got a letter in post

aoqy23

And just to add about this comment from the useless idiots/dummy … And just to add about this comment from the useless idiots/dummy guide."However, you may be obese due to diabetes."Type 1 diabetics are treated with insulin which has been known to be used as a superb slimming aid.Type 2 diabetics get fatter because of medication and also because they continue to ignore the advice they are given.Not every type 2 diabetic gets type 2 because they are fat. Many have other illnesses which cause them to develop it.Those who get it because of their weight only have themselves to blame an IMHO should have to pay for their blood test strips....it may help them lose weight by losing between £25 to £50 for each pack of test strips they purchase.All other diabetics should continue to get free treatment as they had no choice whether they got diabetes or not.



Clueless.....

Hot! Just what I was looking for, and free!

People on here are **** crack open a book will you and research before claiming stupid things researchers state can led ad to diabetes not definitely leads and does not mean causes

its ridiculous how arrogant some people are towards thw facts of diabetes. Don't bother posting a comment if you don't know what your talking about.....

Emsyboo

What a load of tripe! There are many type 2's who have a healthy bmi and … What a load of tripe! There are many type 2's who have a healthy bmi and who are not over weight. It infuriates me how ignorant some people can be. I have a hormone imbalance which has lead to type 2 because of the insulin resistance. Please get educated people before making off the cuff remarks



well said

Evy

It is, more "cost saving" measures. This will probably cost them more in … It is, more "cost saving" measures. This will probably cost them more in hospital admissions in the long run. This fact sheet has some useful info. I dont know if anyones manged to get a decision overturned though. http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Documents/How%20we%20help%20other/Test%20strips%202011.pdf



Hi Evy,

How did you find out about this offer?

Thanks
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