Hi I'm newly diagnosed T2

By Tuckashea Latest Reply 2013-03-16 09:16:43 -0500
Started 2013-02-28 16:19:58 -0600

Hello, my name is Sarah, I just joined this site and am looking forward to learning all I can about this disease, I am also looking forward to getting to know everyone here. I was diagnosed with Diabetes T2 yesterday, my numbers are not tremendously high, my doc said that the numbers that came in for me would be considered controlled for a long time diabetic. I chose to go on Metformin to try to get the numbers lower. My doc wants me to check my levels a couple of times a week at different times of the day so we can make sure the meds are working the way they should, my problem is I don't know which testing device, strips, lancets to buy. My insurance won't cover any of that since it's all over the counter now. I cannot afford the strips for the Accu-check plus, which is the prescription the doc gave me, I am looking for advice on something very affordable and easy to use.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or help you can offer,

13 replies

Tony5657 2013-03-16 05:50:07 -0500 Report

Hi Sarah & welcome to the DC family. It appears you have already received some helpful replies, some I had not thought of. That's what's great about this site, the people!

You can also learn tons of good stuff by clicking on the links at the upper left of your screen, like "21 Days Guide, Ask an Expert, News Articles, Product Reviews, Products & Services, Free Offers, etc.."

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

Tilley28 2013-03-16 09:16:43 -0500 Report

In Massachusetts, the insurance companies actually supply the meters. All I have to do is call and tell them I need a new one. Maybe there is a similar thing in your area. I use the One Touch Ultrasmart. it keeps track of a lot of stuff and you can hook it to your computer and download your readings. Some doctors can do that in there office also. hope I was of some help.

moon74 2013-03-02 21:04:13 -0600 Report

You can call the companies who make the meters and sometimes they will give you one. I have a one touch mini I will give you. Send me your address in a pm. Call your dr. And have him rewrite your script. They are usually pretty good about it. Find out what your insurance will pay for. Talk to the pharmacy. They are also helpful.

Tuckashea 2013-03-16 00:53:08 -0500 Report

Walmart makes one now, the meter, strips and lancets are all reasonably priced. The brand is called Reli On

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raccoon mana 2013-02-28 18:16:59 -0600 Report

ask your doctor to prescribe a meter and test strips hopefully your insurance will cover it if it a prescription

jayabee52 2013-02-28 18:21:40 -0600 Report

some drs don't or won't prescribe meters especially if the new patient is Dx'd prediabetic. Ins co.s won't pay either. They 're trying to cut their costs for strips. I think that is "penny-wise and pound foolish" IMO but that is often what they do.

ZenGuru 2013-02-28 18:16:44 -0600 Report

Hey Sarah - i was just diagnosed too, about a week back. My numbers are real high. Hang in there and, I wish you well

jayabee52 2013-02-28 17:30:30 -0600 Report

I use a True Track meter I bought from Walgreens. I have bought the Relion meter for my mother. Both work well.

The stips for the Relion are less expensive than most strips. Strips for most meters can be gotten for much less than retail on the internet.

snuggles11 2013-02-28 22:30:16 -0600 Report

I've signed up at our local hospital for classes that my dr had to write a script for meter
Strips, lances everything is free pluss I get the knowledge from the class !
It's a grant !
It's all free !

byrun 2013-02-28 17:18:17 -0600 Report

I purchased a Relion Prime from Walmart for less than $20.00 and the test strips are $9.00/50. I don't have insurance and that cost is great, for me.

Harlen 2013-02-28 17:02:30 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
You can call any of the testers and they will send you a free meeter
99% of all ins comp will cover the strips so will cover all of them
Best wishes

Harlen 2013-02-28 17:02:29 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
You can call any of the testers and they will send you a free meeter
99% of all ins comp will cover the strips so will cover all of them
Best wishes