I have been using the Free Style Lite for three years. It takes the smallest amount of blood sample than any other meter and the strips react very fast to the blood sample to give a very fast reading. The strips accuracy varies from box to box of 50 by about 8%. For example, a reading of 108 from one box will get a reading of 100 or 116 from another box.The strips cost me 67 cents apiece. Overall I am quite satisfied with them!View Thread
Late this fall/winter Lipitor will no longer be patent protected and generic Lipitor can be sold. To protect their interest the maker (Pfizer) has offered a rebate on the purchase of Lipitor in order to keep its customers after the patent expires. Pfizer will rebate up to $50 a month each month from now till 12/31/2012 for the purchase of Lipitor. In order to qualify you must pay at least $4 a month for the Lipitor and the State or Federal Gov't can't subsidize your payment. Your own personal insurance can make payments with you making a co-payment. My brother took his 3 month prescription to his pharmacy and he paid $12. I sent my receipt from my mail order pharmacy for a 90 day prescription and received $58( my cost was $70). The phone number is 1-888-547-4867 and the automated system will ask if you want the $4 co-pay card, which you do. After you give certain info you will receive the Rebate package in the mail in about 4 weeks.
I put this out here because I know a lot of us diabetics also have problems with high cholesterol. If this info violates the forums rules then I sure it will be deleted.View Thread
I also just had an eye exam (Feb 25,2011) and the Dr. said I had the beginnings of a cataract. I asked which eye and he said--- both. He also said they were probably caused by my diabetes even though I have tight control- A1C's of 5.8 for past 18 months!View Thread
For breakfast I have two fried eggs( throw the yolks out) on a piece of toast(Pepperridge Farm Carb Style bread) for a total of 10 carbs. Also have 1/2 cup of plain Cheerios with 4 ounces of 2% milk and 1 teaspoon of cinnamom for a total of 16 carbs. I wash everything down with 16 ounces of water. Grand total of 26 carbs for breakfast and it lasts me for 5 hours.View Thread
Great work Photo. Nice to read of someone reaching their goals. You have mentioned that bread is a weakness. Have you tried Pepperidge Farm Carb Style bread? It has 8 carbs and 3 grams of fiber per slice. I have 2 slices a day and I don't spike!View Thread
Metformin is the gold standard of oral medications. Lots of people can not tolerate Metformin because of the diahrea but they can tolerate the extended version of Metformin which is Metformin ER. Do research on this and then ask your doctor about taking this version of Metformin. As you have suggested there are at least 5 or 6 other oral medications that are available for you to take -- do the research on them and then talk with your doctor about them.View Thread
I agree with Phototaker that a document should be given to people by their Doctor on notification that they are diabetic. This document would contain all the info that Phototaker has mentioned in her post. At the same time the Doctor should give the patient a list of Diabetic buddies that have agreed to help newly diagnosed diabetics go through the document. A follow-up appointment should also be scheduled in one or two weeks to discuss the patients progress and answer any questions. The diabetic buddy can be of tremendous support during this initial shock phase of the patient.View Thread