Pros: Works with multiple machines, small blood sample, easy to use.
Cons: May require coding, expensive if not covered by insurance.
I don't know anyone that gets excited about testing their blood sugar level. It can be a huge hassle to stop what you are doing to test but if you have the right equipment and supplies it can make the process go a lot smoother. I am blessed to have an insurance company that takes diabetes seriously; while they slack in approving other items they have never denied any type of diabetic supply request. After my latest stint in the hospital my doctor wrote a prescription for a box of the One Touch Ultra Test Strips with three refills; each box contains one hundred strips packaged in twenty five count plastic vials. I have to test three times a day but I know that there are going to be times when I am going to end up wasting a couple or dropping them so having a couple extra is nice.
These test strips can be used with the following meters: One Touch Ultra Smart, One Touch Ultra 2, One Touch Ping, One Touch Ultra, One Touch Ultra Link and One Touch Ultra Mini. There is a six month self life on these once the vial has been opened but there is a complete expiration date printed on the side of the box. The ones that I recently picked up are good until 08/2012 but as I said, once you open a vial it needs to be used within six months. You are going to want to keep the box that the vials are packaged in as it has the lot production number on it. If there is ever a recall you will need to get this number off of the box as it is not printed on the individual vials.
My machine is coded for 25 and thankfully these didn't force me to change the code in order to get the test results. I like that I only need a small sample of blood for the reading; there are some test strips that require a larger amount and if your fingers are cold you can have a hard time getting enough blood for it to give you a proper reading. So far I have had excellent results from these; they were the same ones that the hospital used so I feel confident that I am getting an accurate number. If I see something that is way out of the norm for me I do retest again to make sure that it is a true number and not a fluke. My normal blood sugar level is 140 – 150 which is on the high side of the scale but it beats getting readings in the high 200's when I first started and got completely frustrated with high test results. I learned the hard way that it is better to get a 140 and test often and watch my carbohydrate and sugar intake than to blow off the testing process and end up facing ketoacidosis. Trust me, that is not something you want to go through.
My insurance pays for the test strips in full but I have seen some insurance companies charge a co-pay of two to five dollars for them. Full price on this box of one hundred, per my pharmacist, is close to seventy dollars. That can be a huge chunk of change to spend if you are testing three times a day. It seems a shame that these are so expensive; it can mean the difference between life and death for those who suffer from severe diabetes but if you have to choose between food and medication, food usually wins the battle. There are companies that buy diabetic testing supplies and resell them. I have no idea what the price on these items are from resellers but I would be extremely carefully ordering them from this type of a website because you won't know anything about them unless they are sold in a sealed box.
So far I have had excellent results from these test strips and I will stick with them until my refills are exhausted. If my doctor writes for the same type I won't question it but I will ask if there are others on the market that have had better results. Any time I have gotten unusual high or low numbers I did retest and got the same number so am putting a lot of faith in to the 'normal' number readings.
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