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Type 2 Diabetes Early Warning Signs

Although 24 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, it's estimated that an additional 5.7 million people have the disease but don't know it. Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is vital to your health because it's an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It's also your brain's main source of fuel. If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood, although the causes may differ. Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems. Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes—when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes—and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy but may resolve after the baby is delivered. Complications Long-term complications of diabetes develop gradually. The longer you have diabetes—and the less controlled your blood sugar—the higher the risk of complications. Eventually, diabetes complications may be disabling or even life-threate Continue reading >>

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  1. tigger

    I posted here recently about accu-chek not notifying me about the change of strips from whole blood to plasma (which I luckily discovered through the IDDT magazine).
    I had a conversation with accu-chek following a rather irate email to them in which they informed me that they had informed all "medical practices" and that they had millions of customers and could not inform them all personally. When I pointed out that they had no difficulty emailing me about new products and surely they could manage a similar one on a warning which has a huge impact on my health, they said they would "take my comments on board". Since I was talking to an American I don't think he realised that I actually have complete choice over which strip I use as opposed to the poor Americans who are made to use what their insurance deems best.
    My hospital has also not informed me of this change and last summer I was definitely told that I wasn't meant to drive without eating below 5 by a diabetic consultant and that figure must have been in whole blood and not plasma. Also another registrar spent 5 minutes explaining the change in hbA1c (which still hasn't come in) but no one has mentioned this. So it does not seem that this great change has quite made it through 2 different and very good London hospitals. More than that this change reminds me too vividly of how my insulin was changed from animal to human in 1987 without any information whatsoever and a complete refusal to acknowledge that it might be at fault for the subsequent comas. It's nice to know that the attitude to patients from drugs companies hasn't changed in the slightest.
    I would therefore like to show that the patient really is the consumer and change my strips to something else. I don't want to change from the lancets as I really like their 6 drum version but I wondered if anyone knew how much the NHS got charged for the different strips?
    If there is a cheaper one than Accu-chek/Aviva I am definitely prepared to assist the NHS (providing they are not really difficult to use).
    All comments gratefully received and if anyone has similar experiences and would like to join my unofficial campaign you are very welcome to!

  2. hanadr

    I( buy my own strips, but I like the new style ones for my Freestyle Lite. I haven't had a wasted one since They changed.
    I tried to find the prices, but can't.

  3. tigger

    Thanks for the response.
    Maybe I'll see if I can find a dr in real life to tell me the difference.

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