• Blood glucose monitors

    Asked by Whitey61 on Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    Blood glucose monitors

    Can anyone recommend a good quality reliable monitor , past two immunotheraphy treatments showed low glucose reading and want me to monitor it over next 3 weeks before next treatment..

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      If your doctor hasn't recommended a particular type (and why not?) ask a pharmacist.

      about 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      How are you sleeping?

      about 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I don't remember the brand name, but my Mother had one that was supplied free to her from the company that she got her test strips from. If you are diabetic and have to have insulin, I'm sure you can get one free. I would also suggest your pharmacist, for the free one. If you're going to have to buy one, I would check amazon. You can buy almost everything from Amazon. Just search for the name of what you want on their site and you will get lots of results, Here is what I found there with just putting in Glucose Monitor in their search bar>>http://amzn.to/2AlnSGi I see in these results there are kits from 12.00 to over 100.00 that include the strips, a lancing device, and the machine. Our best to you! Hope you get it under control.

      about 3 years ago
    • Throatless' Avatar
      Throatless

      I was getting them from the company that sells me the testing strips. I never understood how they can afford to give me a machine and just sell me strips, the strips are not that expensive, but the machine was supposed to be 349.00

      about 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      @Throatless. Think about what exactly you are buying.

      Think about the cost of an 8"x11" sheet of paper.

      Think about how big the package of strips might be if you laid them all side by side.

      If your strips are plastic, think about the monetary cost of plastic bags or bottles or other plastic packaging.

      Chemicals are cheap as is glucose.

      Then think about the cost of an LCD watch, the cheap throw away sort.

      There are your expensive machines and not so expensive test strips.

      Best wishes.

      about 3 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Whitey61, your insurance should pay for a monitor and strips, but normally you have to have a prescription to get test strips to fit your monitor, so you probably need to call your doctor back. Did you tell them you don't have a monitor and also need instructions? If the oncologist's office can't help you, possibly your Primary Care Physician can, since they would normally be involved with teaching glucose monitoring to their patients.

      When I was told to monitor my blood sugar, the PCP gave me a prescription for the strips, and the PCP's nurse gave me a new glucose monitor and taught me how to use it in detail. (Mine is an Aviva.) Best wishes.

      about 3 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      My husband uses True Metrix. It and the strips are provided through the VA.

      If i was buying a machine for myself, i would choose the one whose test strips are most reasonably priced. Some strips are ridiculously expensive.

      My blood sugars tank at least once a week. Last week, AFTER we ate, i got really shaky. We tested my blood sugar and it was 65. We had just eaten a big breakfast, including pecan cinnamon coffee cake. Crazy. Many times when i have my blood tests done at my doctor visits, my glucose is slightly high, because we stop and eat breakfast on the way to the visit.

      about 3 years ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      Thank you all for advice, I got called back into hospital to have additional blood work done, very early appt with a fast to check sugar..came in perfect at 104, testing done to check Adrenal function, and looked normal as well, not sure why it spikes and always on the low end before every pembriluzmab treatment, having me see an Endocrinologist now to dig deeper and look at pancreas..now I'm getting nervous as I have been doing so well...it never ends.

      about 3 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Whitey, don't worry right now. It sounds like they are just being thorough so you'll feel better. Mine has always gone low on me. I wouldn't stake my life on it, but a couple of people years ago told me that sometimes it does that if you are borderline diabetic. I was later diagnosed as a mild diabetic. (Your 104 when you've been fasting sounds high to me.)

      In the meantime don't skip any meals, and always keep some hard candy or fruit juice with you in case you get shaky or weak. If it goes low enough, you can pass out, so be careful when you are driving!! Make a habit of a snack between meals---they say to eat 6 small meals instead of 3 meals, i.e., save some calories for a snack between meals, so your blood sugar won't be so likely to have highs and lows. Eat enough protein. (45 grams/day is minimum)

      Wishing you the best. Let us know what they say..

      about 3 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy


    Read and answer more prostate cancer questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Prostate Cancer page.