Test Strips Cheaper

By hughsbayou Latest Reply 2011-12-22 14:34:25 -0600
Started 2011-12-17 08:13:26 -0600

While I was on Amazon.com looking for some supplements I got the bright idea to see if they had test strips and sure enough there they were. I hae a True2go meter that uses Truetest strips. I had been buying them at Walgreen's for about $72 for 100 and here they were for $32 including shipping. For 32 cents apiece I suddenly feel free to test myself whenever I wonder how something I've eaten is affecting me. Before, I was being somewhat conservative as I'd go through a hundred strips in a month which starts to get pretty expensive.

23 replies

Degibu 2011-12-22 09:08:56 -0600 Report

I found a GREAT place on line to buy strips very, very CHEAP! I use the Bayer Contour and if you go to Bioprousa's website, for what you'd pay over $50.00 in the stores or any other website, you get the same thing, brand new, sealed package from Biopro for $19.99. They have a variety of shipping options and I have always gotten them within a few days, no matter which option I chose. I've been using them since January 2011 and won't even consider buying from anywhere else.

diabetesfree 2011-12-22 08:40:08 -0600 Report

Amazon.Com is definitely a good place to look for bargains on test strips, meters, lancets, etc. If you subscribe to their Amazon Prime service for $75 a year you can also get free 2 day shipping on all of your orders with no minimums. They also have next day delivery for $3.99. I always seem to wait until the last minute to order my own supplies, so the $75 ends up being a good deal for me, especially since I order most of my office supplies from them as well.

GabbyPA 2011-12-22 09:47:04 -0600 Report

That is so cool. I use Amazon a lot and I didn't know they did this. Wow.

diabetesfree 2011-12-22 14:34:25 -0600 Report

Yep. Amazon has some independent merchants on their site that do not participate in Amazon Prime, but most do. Also, when you subscribe, you get a few thousand free streaming movies on demand to watch as often as you want. It's like a cheap-o version of Netflix, sort of. Not having to pay sales tax on purchases is always a bonus as well. :-)

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-19 13:18:03 -0600 Report

Glad you could share this find with everyone. I'm one of the lucky ones and found out my insurance covers strips and lancets! And yes, I know I'm lucky. I wish it was so for all of you. I really thought that was the whole point of Obama Care!? Should have known he was full of it!! Sorry, I don't like him, or most politicans…almost every one of them is a liar and or cheater!! Sorry, will get off my soap box!!
Anyway, thanks for sharing that, hope it helps someone out.
Hope you have a Blessed Holiday,

hughsbayou 2011-12-20 22:04:01 -0600 Report

I certainly don't blame the failure of the promise of Obamacare on Obama, but on all the industry lobbyists who oppose the very idea of universal availability that might not include them as providers. I oppose private insurance as the answer to the problem, they have getting your money as their primary aim, taking care of you is secondary.

msann 2011-12-17 20:29:28 -0600 Report

my insurance pay for 300 strips a month for 12 dollars all according to how your doc write script

hughsbayou 2011-12-17 21:29:08 -0600 Report

I don't have any insurance, can't get it either because I'm diagnosed with diabetes.

jayabee52 2011-12-17 23:22:29 -0600 Report

what about the obamacare law which says pre diagosed Med conditions are accepted no mztter what?

hughsbayou 2011-12-18 08:57:11 -0600 Report

Yeah, sure, but because I happen to have a little money saved, it counts as part of my income and the monthly premium is close to $800 with a $2500 deductible. My rent and utilities are $600 month. I am not a high income person these days. Just five years ago that would have been no problem. Interestingly though, I have found that despite the diabetes and a couple of intestinal problems I've had so far this year I've only spent about $3000 which wouldn't have been covered by any insurance I had anyway. Also, a person can deduct health expenses from their income for tax purposes so unless I have a major accident (always a possibility) or suddenly am struck with some big illness, it's ok. And in those cases, if it was something that prevented me from working and paying the premiums I'd be dropped anyway. That's what gets me about private insurance, you can pay for years, miss a premium payment and it's like you never existed. This is hardly ever brought up in the discussions about private vs public health insurance.

Young1s 2011-12-17 23:16:03 -0600 Report

That's terrible. Sorry to here that. There isn't a free health insurance program offer through your local health clinic or something like that?

hughsbayou 2011-12-18 08:57:50 -0600 Report

One has to be incredibly low income, I'm merely not high income. It's the people in the middle that have the most trouble with this.

Young1s 2011-12-18 09:02:25 -0600 Report

Unfortunately, that has always been the case. The people in the middle that pay the brunt for most things.

Young1s 2011-12-17 09:36:13 -0600 Report

I might have to look into something like this as a back-up option for my strips. My insurance will only cover 100 strips/30 days, for me to test 4x a day, which only gets me to 25 days. And, seeing that I test 6x a day, I am 80 strips short every month. Which means I have to pay out of pocket for the rest. And as we all know, these things are costly. After going to Amazon and seeing what is available I'm impressed by the prices but am concerned by a couple of things. Where are these strips coming from? How do I know they aren't defective in some way? How often do these strips come back in stock after they run out? If I knew how to get those answers, I would seriously doing this.

jayabee52 2011-12-17 23:24:48 -0600 Report

pc, have you showed Dr your testing log and asked him/her for the extra strips?

Young1s 2011-12-17 23:31:17 -0600 Report

Good question James and no I haven't. But I have spoken about this with my diabetic nurse. Because they work closely together on my case, if you will, I just assumed that my doctor knows. But you know what they say about people who assume. I will make sure to bring it up at my next appt. on Wed. Thank you.

jayabee52 2011-12-18 02:11:19 -0600 Report

it will certainly not hurt to make them aware of your extra expense. Nurse may not think it that important to mention to Dr.

hughsbayou 2011-12-17 10:22:39 -0600 Report

The ones I received were the exact same ones I buy at Walgreens, and I used a test solution that comes with the meter to check one.

Kirla 2011-12-17 08:49:37 -0600 Report

I can’t see how anyone can learn to control their blood sugar if they’re not testing the foods they eat. I used to test 2 hours after eating to see if my blood sugar was coming down ok. Didn’t really want to know what the peaks were. My fasting was in the upper 300’s. Figure by what I was eating it was probley spiking close to or over 500 at times.

When diagnosed my A1C was 14.1. By testing and eliminating foods that were spiking my blood sugar more than 50 points I was able to bring down my fasting, before and after meals blood sugars to normal numbers (non-diabetic) in about 6 weeks. A1C after 4 months was 5.9. Been keeping it at 6 or less for over 2½ years now. My lowest was 5.2.

After several months I was wondering just how high my blood sugar was going after eating. For a while I was testing one hour after eating. I read somewhere that most people for most meals will peak at 1 hour. One day at lunch I tested 30 minutes after eating and found that my blood sugar was around 170. Couldn’t believe it. My blood sugar was going from 90 to 170 and back down to 100 all in less than one hour. So for several weeks I was testing my meals several times to determine exactly when I peaked after eating. In the morning I found I peaked about 75 minutes after eating. Lunch I peak about 25 minutes after eating and supper I peak about 1 hour.

To stop my spiking after lunch I added a hard boil egg to my lunch and the spiking stopped. Some days I will eat a little beef, chicken or pork and don’t have to have the egg. I now only eat an egg if I don’t have any leftover meat. It works for me.

How I found my peaks was to start testing about 30 minutes after eating and then every 10-15 minutes there after until my blood sugar starts to go down. You then will have an approximate time for that meal. Then for several days I will test like 10 minutes before I peaked and every 5 minutes there after. Doing this for a couple of days for all meals you can get pretty close to when you peak after eating.

This is what I post on how I learned to control my blood sugar. It may help and then again it may not. Its what I believe helped me the most.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I test 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

hughsbayou 2011-12-17 09:20:15 -0600 Report

My experience has been similar except that I never had such high highs as you have had. I feel fortunate that I finally admitted to myself that I could be diabetic and that it might be the cause of several vague symptoms I had.

I've followed a path much like yours and now find my BG to stay almost in the normal range except in the half hour after eating. Upping my exercise program really helped as well.

It can get expensive at about a dollar a test which is why I am very excited to find the exact same test strips for 32 cents a piece! Also, I had had a OneTouch but after going for a blood test and checking that meter against the drawn blood test found it to be off by 20 points (high). The True2go, which I've had the occasion to compare to drawn blood testing three times has proven itself to be spot on. And it's less expensive.

I kind of like testing myself. It's like I have this little laboratory in my pocket and I can do experiments to see what happens. I have found the diet you mention to be pretty good overall. A month or so a go I started to take Benfotiamine, a thiamine derivative, about 500 mg twice a day and that really put me into the normal range 90% of the time . My morning BG is now usually between 85 and 100.

Best of luck to all, it surely is a constant concern.

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