question on new diabetic

By daisyi295 Latest Reply 2015-02-11 10:34:47 -0600
Started 2010-10-06 15:02:28 -0500

I am 42, just found out a few months ago I am type 2, take metformin 500 mg 2Xdaily. Dr. said nothing about meter-should I get one? How can I get one for free and how often should I check? I had it tested here at work for my employee health awareness and it was 367!!!!!!! I am scared-does that mean my medication isn't working? Please tell me I will not have to take insulin shots now!!!!! Help-any suggestions will be appreciated!

23 replies

RebDee 2015-02-11 10:34:47 -0600 Report

I have no idea how to get an insulin pump for free. In fact, it cost me about $1000. As for a BS meter, I get a free one each time mine breaks down. The newest ones are not as good as the old ones. I had my last one for 7 years with no problems at all until it finally died. The new ones have to be charged nightly (which I sometimes forget to do) and the equipment is not as easy as the old ones either. But I do get it all for free from Kaiser Permanente. Have your doctor write a prescription. I believe that Walgreen's also gives them for free if you have that precious prescription..

hogrider37 2010-10-15 07:49:53 -0500 Report

Find another Dr. He's not doing right by you. I use the Nova Max meter. I love it, easy to use and very small drop of blood. Get a script from your Dr and you can get a meter for free. I bought a smaller one for traveling. Diet and excersize will help you levels, at least they do mine. Find a diabetes management course in your area, your hospital should have one you get lots of good information at a class like that. Good luck to you.

celtsalt 2010-10-15 06:18:31 -0500 Report

You should be able to get all meter and strip needs from health insurance carrier. Call them. You'll probably need a prescription from the MD and one for registered dietitian or diabetes educator. Learn as much as you can absorb, adjust your diet and exercise, check your blood glucose with the meter. The more info you get, the less scared you'll be

chrsbll33 2010-10-15 04:25:42 -0500 Report

Type 2 Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which results when the body is unable to use or make enough insulin. Each individual suffering from this disorder is advised personally to make lifestyle changes depending on the following –
a. Age, medical history, family history and overall health.
b. Extent of the disease.
c. Tolerance for specific medicines/therapies.
The main aim of the treatment is to keep the blood glucose levels closer to normal levels, as much can be possible. Improved meal plan, exercise regimen and nutrition alone are the remedies for effective Diabetes Management.

Diabetes Management -

Sandy3206 2010-10-12 09:52:56 -0500 Report

I am 47 and was recently tested and my sugar was 565. They put me on 2000 mg and also insulalin at night. My sugar has gone down to 153 now, which is alot better.
The thing that puzzles me is my dr told me that excersising lowers your level. I took my sugar level this morning and it was 126, then walked for 45 minutes and took it again, it was 181.!
Why is that??

roger 2010-10-11 10:26:16 -0500 Report

one touch . com to get a meter for free. check at least 3 or 4 times a day but strips are like 1.00 each without a script from dr so when you get your meter it comes with ten just ask dr for a script and it sdhould bring price way down i can get 200 for 20.00 that is for 30 days.

saifiameem 2010-10-09 09:12:54 -0500 Report

r u going for a regular walk in the morning or evening.Its as important as ur medication is,to keep ur sugar level always keep in mind that workout on tredmill for atleast 45 min keeps ur sugar normal,if u r not going for walk.This is my personal experience.

Kaiyle 2010-10-08 10:41:55 -0500 Report

My sugar levels gradually went down from the 400's to the 100's over a period of four weeks. Each week I saw the numbers go from one range to the next. It takes time, but you will get there.

You can get a free meter through FreeStyle. That is where I got mine. However, as far as how often you need to test, that needs to be decided by your physician. Your high numbers now doesn't necessarily mean that you'll end up on insulin shots. Watch your carb intake, eat as healthy as possible, exercise, take your meds, and that will make a world of difference for you. It did for me, and I'm confident that it will for you too.

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daisyi295 2010-10-11 07:36:33 -0500 Report

thanks Kayle-it's encouraging to see that yours went down fromm 400s to 100s with those changes you made. I hope I can too.

alanbossman 2010-10-07 14:30:09 -0500 Report

What everyone here is saying is right you have to control you carb intake. also i take metformin 1000mg 2x a day. and also insulin 15 units a day its a long lasting insulin called lantus. my numbers are in control do not be afraid of insulin you can get a low cost meter and strips from wal mart. you need to check you blood sugar when you wake up and 1 to 2 hours after a meal and one more before bedtime. also food intake needs to be in portion size. 1/2 your plate vegs and 1/4 you main dish and the other 1/4 fruit or brown rice, or sweet potato.
hope this helps

Harlen 2010-10-06 18:13:46 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Yes you need a meeter how do you know that the met is working ,that your getting as much as you need.
What if it's not working ????
Cut the carbs as much as you can.
Best wishes

Kirla 2010-10-06 17:18:43 -0500 Report


I was diagnosed last year with fasting blood sugar of 366 and an A1C of 14.1. I started to drink lots of water and to eat lots of low carb vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Cabbage and salads). My blood sugar reading dropped pretty quickly.

By testing before and after each meal I was able to see what foods were spiking my blood sugar and either cut back or quit eating foods that spiked my blood sugar over a certain amount. I had to quit eating bread, pasta, potatoes and most foods that had more than 5-6 net carbs per serving.

We are all different and what works for one may not always work for everyone. That’s why testing what you eat is so important. By testing you will learn what spikes you and will be able to cut back or eliminate it from your diet.

Good luck

daisyi295 2010-10-07 10:01:52 -0500 Report

thanks -I just tend to eat whatever I want-I know I really need to watch those carbs. Baby steps-but I do drink lots of water and like veggies so Ihope this helps.

jeffrey9127 2010-10-06 15:20:47 -0500 Report

Hello daisyi295,
You should have a meter to keep track of your BS levels. You should ask your Dr. if he knows where you can get one for free. There are websites that offer free meters. Also ask your Dr. to set up an appointment for you to meet with a Dietician who can advise you on proper nutrician and carb intake. Once you have a meter and can test your BS readings, keep a log of your carb intake and your readings. This can be of help in figuring out if a type of food causes BS spikes. Let us know how you are making out.

mo91108 2010-10-06 15:20:41 -0500 Report

Well absolutely get a meter and a new doctor. I check 4 times daily. I am a tpye 1 Diabetic, and take insulin, it is not bad I promise. You can get a free meter from a lot of different places. I would check the it is the ADA website, or you can go to your local pharmacy and ask if they have any offers on a free meter. That is how I got my first meter. Also you can buy a Micro Relion Ultima, or Micro for 9 dollars at walmart, and the test strips are only 20 dollars for 50 strips.

Now testing, you should test at least 4 times a day, Your fasting BS (when you first wake up before you eat breakfast), Before all meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) and before bedtime, so you can correct a low if you are low at night.

If insulin is needed I promise you it is not bad, you can not even feel the needle. They will teach you how to properly inject and it becomes easier as the days go by! I doubt you will need to take insulin, just watch your carbs, sugar and portion intake.

Good Luck & God Bless
Take Care
- Monica

GabbyPA 2010-10-06 15:14:22 -0500 Report

First of all, shake your doctor! If you had a diagnosis of diabetes, they should be getting you a meter and showing you how to use it. You can pick one up at Target or WalMart for pretty cheap and the strips for that meter are also inexpensive. There are lots of free meters out there, but only get them if you can afford the testing supplies. That adds up real fast.

When you are just getting started I suggest testing in the morning before you eat anything. Then 2 hours after breakfast. You can test before and after all your meals for a while to see how the meals are affecting your levels. If you start at 100, you don't want to go more than 40 points up after a meal. If you do, you need to look at what you ate more closely and see if you can adjust it to help out next time. Then, you can also test before you go to bed. If you find you go to bed with a lower number than you wake up with, I would (just for a week or so) test about 3:00 AM to see when you start to rise. Gather all this information up and show it to your doctor at your next visit.

Did you have the 367 after you were on your meds for a while? Sometimes it takes up to a month for metformin to work. Plus, you may have taken it after a meal when you were spiking. That is a very high number and one you don't want to see.

Did your doctor talk to you about carbs and how they affect your levels? Did he suggest any type of diet changes for you? Did he talk to you about exercise and how it can help reduce your numbers?

Insulin is not a bad option. You get better control (usually) with it and often it has less side effects. However, there are many more oral meds that are available to you if you choose not to use insulin. Your doctor can talk about those treatment options. (that is if you have not shaken him too hard!) LOL

daisyi295 2010-10-06 15:25:04 -0500 Report

thanks so much for the info-I had my diagnosis Dec 2009 and have not had my blood tested since then until a couple of weeks ago when they told me it was 367. I just assumed this metformin would keep it at an acceptible number. I have not changed my diet and eat sugar all the time and I guess I really need to get on a diet! I have gained 9 lbs in a year! I need to start watching my carb intake, that's for sure. Dr. said at the time he diagnosed me that if I lose wight I may be able to go off this medication-but I didn't listen and have not lost any. I know what I need to do but I just get complacent and lax in my behaviors. Other than the meter, what do you mean -supplies?? Are you referring to strips?

celtsalt 2010-10-15 06:41:29 -0500 Report

You need a new MD. Yours is unbelievable, at very best. You also need to pay attention to your diet. It's not sugar, it's carbs and calories and the easiest diet to follow once you understand that you cause permanent damage while you're procrastinating. Get the MD to write Rx for meter and strips and for a dietitian or diabetes educator. Your insurance should pay for all of this if you have it.

GabbyPA 2010-10-06 15:40:00 -0500 Report

Yes, strips add up really fast and when you test 4-6 times a day, it can get out of control very fast.
Yes, you want to change your diet and watch the carbs. Doesn't mean you can't have foods you enjoy, you just need to learn some portion control and things like that. I have a couple of videos that I share here with everyone. They helped me a lot and I find them very useful to review from time to time. I really like the pin cushion guy.

Metformin doesn't reduce your numbers it is helps more with controlling what your liver gives to your body as extra glucose. So another med may be in order, but metformin is the first plan of attack by most doctors.

Spend some time here specially in our Health Center. There is a lot of great basic information there that can be very helpful.