Where Would You Be Without A Glucose Meter?

By BrownCigar65 Latest Reply 2012-04-08 17:33:32 -0500
Started 2011-07-11 07:10:46 -0500

Could you or can you live, survive without a Glucose Meter?

41 replies

Type1Lou 2012-04-08 17:33:32 -0500 Report

I would be lost without my meter! I test around 7 times a day and still get surprises…some higher than expected and some lower. My meter is ESSENTIAL in my managing my diabetes.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-08 15:48:35 -0500 Report

I could if I had to. I'm a juvenile diabetic, which means life long insulin user. I've been doing it for such a long time that I'm always close to my numbers when guessing before hand, while getting test ready based on how I feel. It wouldn't be the wisest thing to do no mater how you treat your diabetes though.

GabbyPA 2012-04-08 12:21:43 -0500 Report

Can I live without one? Yes. Can I live WELL without one? No.

Type 2 is a little different from type 1 in this case, but we all need to have our meters to know what is going on inside. It is the best tool I have to help me choose better and make better decisions on many of the things I do.

Young1s 2012-04-08 11:18:37 -0500 Report

Up the creek without a paddle. Some might say I'm a little too dependent on my meter but it's comforting for me to be able to know where my levels are on a regular basis, whenever I need to know. This may change in the future, as I get better control and a more definitive idea of what foods do and don't work for me. But for now my meter is an extension of my hand that can't do without. Some days I wait in anticipation for the results, only to end up cursing my meter for giving me bad new. Then I quickly remember it's my own fault and I can't blame the messenger.

techguy87114 2012-04-08 08:58:14 -0500 Report


great question! Whats funny, interesting, ironic or whatever is before my T2 diagnosis I did live w/o a meter.. now that I have T2 Ii probably could live w/o it but why would I want to? As a diabetic, that is really the only way I know where my blood sugars are at any given moment..Yes I could probably assume and would be correct that when I feel bad my sugars are elevated.

Ive only been diagnosed a few months (02/07/2012) & I thought having to carry around a meter, strips, & a lancing device would be a big deal.. not so much. The technology is such now that most meters come in a carry case that zips and everything is contained nicely. Depending on the meter one decides on, will also determine the size of the case etc…

I could live w/o a meter but would not want to. Knowledge is power. now that i have this new "knowledge" ( ability to check sugars/what it all means) I can use that power to adjust my diet, exercise etc and stay healthy & within the ranges I need to be.

Thanks for the topic! great discussion so far. Have a great low car/low sugar holiday :)

"keep one foot in th gutter & one fist in the gold"



JSJB 2012-04-08 04:38:43 -0500 Report

Right now NO. I was told to check every morning before breakfast. Some times I check every other day. Some people have some type of reaction when their Glucose is H or L but I do not . When I check, I adjust my diet or should say stick to it and I exercise a little harder. I am still trying to find out the correct diet for me. There are 5 people in this house hold and all have there favorite snacks which are a temptation to me who has little will power:). Some days I read 140 other days I read 110 or less. From what I have read, these numbers are about normal but one day it hit 165. So I do need the meter to let me know when I screw up.

rscarder 2011-07-14 11:23:46 -0500 Report

I probably could. As a type II diabetic the highest my blood sugar was 250, that's when I was diagnost but with oral meds once a day and loosing 53 lbs, along with daily exercise, my blood sugar is averaging 94, and A1c is at 5.7. So my Dr. told me to check my glucose level once every other day before breakfast or if I feel that my blood sugar might be low.

AaRay 2011-07-13 16:50:38 -0500 Report

I have been in a situation with no test strips for the past week. I have no insurance anymore and truly no money to buy any. Does anybody know of any resources to get free or discounted test strips? I use One Touch. But willing to go whichever route to get back to checking my blood sugar. help me please. : )

jayabee52 2011-07-14 00:05:45 -0500 Report

try contacting One Touch and let them know of your situation. They may help you.
I pray that they do, Aaron.

QueenJeanne 2011-07-13 13:51:58 -0500 Report

I would be lost w/o my meter(s). I have several, one for work, one in my purse, one for at home. I know when my BS is low because I feel strange and hungry all at the same time. When my BS is high I cannot see my computer and read very well. Like right now I do not have to use my reading glasses to type this for all of you so everything is cool. But with the meter(s) I make sure by testing when I wake up, two hours after I eat and before I go to bed. Oh, by the way, always eat some fruit and a protein before going to bed. BS numbers will be lower because the liver will not have the opportunity to have a fiesta and throw insulin everywhere while you are sleeping. This is true and I learned this in my OSU support group from a nutritionist and a dietitian. Believe me I questioned them and they said it is the truth.

VaHermit 2011-07-13 00:18:22 -0500 Report

Tough question there…hummmm let me think on it…I would be very LOST I hate it that money keeps me at times from testing as often I want which would be minimum 6 times a day. Mostly I conserve…IF I eat same thing I have eaten before I will skip the after meal sometimes I skip the before. I always check in the am when I get up and at night before bed/insulin. I could survive I guess…but I would worry a lot. Worry is not good for you. I know a lot of Type 2's only test once a day and some not at all or just now and then or if they feel bad. My best friend does not test at all and her BG is all over the place. I worry for her.

Chrisiine 2011-07-14 06:57:48 -0500 Report

I test before meals and bed time take insulin 4 times a day eat a little snack allw snack be fore bed time been good all week keep up the good work

sloane 2011-07-12 11:02:19 -0500 Report

We certainly have come a very long way. Living with diabetes and taking control is a whole lot easier. We don't give up control to the diabetes!

sweething 2011-07-12 10:11:23 -0500 Report

I lived for many years as a diabetic before meters. I had to do the urine tests with the tablets and watch and match the color to the examplle. Insulin was given based on urine hours old! I much prefer the meters.

jladytiger1979 2011-07-12 09:06:27 -0500 Report

I couldn't survive permanantly. I'm too curious about how things have an effect on my blood sugar. So I know how to tweek my diet. FUNNY I thought I could never say that because of the horror I felt when first diagnosed. I thought I CAN NEVER DO THIS EVERY DAY!!

MrsCDogg 2011-07-12 05:54:44 -0500 Report

I could probably go without it if I HAD to. But, unfortunately, there is sometimes no rhyme or reason for why my body reacts to something the way it does. So, I use my meter to tell me when something strange is going on.

Turtle 2011-07-11 22:18:56 -0500 Report

Yes I survived in rehab for 8 mos. they rarely checked me too because the dr. insisted I was "cured". He took me off the Metformin and took the diagnosis out of my chart. I know because I read my chart from front to back before I left.

VaHermit 2011-07-13 00:23:38 -0500 Report

GOOD for you…why are "your" charts so secret…That just amazes me but Rehab places seem to operate on the cheap for everything.

2011-07-12 00:49:50 -0500 Report

You know Turtle, sounds like that doc was a quack. I hope it wasn't hard to get your meter back, or get put back on your meds. I really don't know how 1 can be "cured" of diabetes in the 1st place anyhow.

NavyNerd 2011-07-11 19:23:34 -0500 Report

Yes, I could survive, live without one but only because I have been at this a while, and have had the benefit of a meter in the past to get my body figured out.. I know now what I can and cannot eat by wrote memory, what low and high blood sugars feel like by symptom. I don't even have to test to know when I hit 70 or 300, I know the signs in my sleep (literally- it wakes me up).

That said, it makes life way easier, and its essential when I change meds. But if I had to go a week or two without, I could handle it, because I know what my body does now. Even so, I test 6 to 10 times a day, and they suggested a minimum of 5 times because I take super high doses of insulin 4 times a day. (I am doing more though because I am plotting data for a case study ~ my BS is a symptom of more than diabetes for me, and we are trying to get more info, trend it, and use my data to help further some other investigations into multiple metabloc disorders.)

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-07-11 16:58:05 -0500 Report

I went for a couple of months without a meter. I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes on May 13,2011. I needed a meter so I could tell what foods I could have and how much & what I absolutely couldn't have. Now I have a meter & it is helping me to guage my food accordingly. There is a definate change because of having a meter!!! ☺

Type1Lou 2011-07-11 15:36:28 -0500 Report

I never leave home without my meter and would find it VERY DIFFICULT to be without one. As a child, I saw my Dad test his urine every morning…I test a minimum of 4 times a day and frequently more often if I feel I'm low. We have it so much easier than Dad did! Better insulins, disposable syringes, more sugar-free food options, better tests like HbA1c, insulin pumps, oral meds etc. Glad I'm living now rather than then!

fraejo 2011-07-11 07:55:20 -0500 Report

Like coffee, I need my meter to live! When my father was diagnosed with diabetes in his mid thirties (he's in his mid eighties now) there was nothing to use but the urine test strips. It must have been a pain because he didn't test all the time then, only when he felt "a swimming in his head". Once he got a meter he tested all the time and kept a log book. The meter made a big difference.

2011-07-12 00:57:35 -0500 Report

You know fraejo, my grandfather was probably diagnosed w/diabetes around the same time your father was. Cause I remember my grandfather using the urine test strips. He was very happy when they came out w/the glucose meters. In fact, he got one of the first meters that came out. You know, I still have it, somewhere. Unfortunately he passed away a few yrs. ago.

fraejo 2011-07-12 08:27:58 -0500 Report

Please accept my belated condolences for the lost of your grandfather. The fact that you still have his meter shows your love.

BrownCigar65 2011-07-11 08:19:47 -0500 Report

With his age, it proves you need the meter. He is in control!!!

fraejo 2011-07-12 08:25:39 -0500 Report

Actually, by brother's in control now. He's a diabetic too. My father hasn't been able to keep up his usual routines since the death of my mother from Alzheimer's almost a year ago now (July 29, 2010). My brother became his care giver and takes care of both their diabetic needs.

berrykins0 2011-07-11 07:43:47 -0500 Report

we all be lost. the way they used to test was a urine sample to get blood sugar numbers this would be pain butt.i read this once in a magazine how it used to be done.this story was told by a type 1 diabetic i prefere to prick finger instead.