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Canadian Information This article provides information on Meters & Test strips, Syringes, Low Carb wet food choices, insulin and supplements for Canada. IMPORTING DIABETIC SUPPLIES INTO CANADA In order to import diabetic supplies into Canada, a Customs code must be used in order to avoid paying Canadian Duty & Taxes: • The Canada Customs Code for importing diabetic test strips and syringes is 3822009010, HST Code 56 • The Canada Customs Code for importing insulin is 3004-31.00.10 – Schedule D Drug • The code needs to be clearly indicated on all shipping documents • If you are charged tax and customs duty by mistake, you may obtain a refund by writing to your local Canada Border Services Agency (refunds take about 30-45 days). METERS Below, in alphabetical order, are some meter choices that have proved to work well and provide accurate results. AccuChek – Aviva The AccuChek is an easy to use meter that does though need a larger blood sample than many of the others. It does let you “add” more blood to the sample if not enough was taken with the first (as long as you do so within 5 seconds of the first sample). Bayer Contour Like the AccuChek, The Bayer Contour requires a relatively large 0.6ml sample of blood. It is however a good and accurate meter. Nova Max Plus The NovaMax Plus meter tests for glucose and also for blood ketones (separate testing strips, which are quite expensive, are used for the ketone testing). A very small blood sample is needed. ReliOn Micro/ ReliON Confirm The ReliOn Meters are available at Walmart. Both the Micro and Confirm meters in particular give accurate readings and only need a small blood sample. Both the meters and more importantly the test strips are very reasonably priced The following two meters have shown problems with Continue reading >>

Home Testing Kits

Home Testing Kits

Diabetes affects your body's ability to use sugar to make energy. This happens when your pancreas is unable to make the right amounts of insulin to help process sugar or when your body is not able to properly use insulin. The sugar stays in your bloodstream, causing blood sugar levels to increase. If blood sugars are poorly controlled, both short-term and long-term complications can develop. Short-term complications may include dizziness, fatigue, frequent urination, increased hunger or thirst, and even loss of consciousness. Long-term complications include heart, kidney, eye, and nerve damage. In some cases, people need to have their feet or legs amputated due to poor circulation. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 (formerly called insulin-dependent) diabetes. Your pancreas makes very little or no insulin. You'll need regular injections of replacement insulin. Type 2 (formerly called non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. Your body doesn't manufacture enough insulin or has trouble using it. This type, which affects 90% of people with diabetes, can be controlled with diet and medication (pills or insulin injections). Trying to keep blood sugar levels under control requires frequent monitoring, so home testing kits are particularly helpful. Home testing allows you to control your diabetes, instead of it controlling you. It also allows you to see how certain foods and activities affect your blood sugar level. Most blood sugar testing kits consist of a blood sugar monitor and test strips. Put a drop of your blood on the strip and stick it in the meter. The meter gives you a reading of your blood sugar level, usually in under a minute. Some brands of meters store your readings and provide averages. Models are also available that download results to a personal computer d Continue reading >>

Can I Buy Glucose Test Strips Over The Counter?

Can I Buy Glucose Test Strips Over The Counter?

Yes, you can purchase as many blood glucose test strips as you want over the counter at your local pharmacy or online. You may find that local pharmacies keep their test strips behind the counter. That’s is not because a prescription is required for test strips but rather to keep the test strips from people stealing them because they are so expensive. Do I Need A Prescription to Buy Glucose Test Strip? We often get this question about all diabetic supplies not just the test strips, and the answer is always the same: No, you’re not required to have a prescription to buy glucose test strips. If for whatever reason you need buy diabetic tests strips you can do so by ordering them online or purchasing them at your local pharmacy. Just keep in mind that they are so expensive at your local pharmacy. Does Insurance Require Prescription to Cover My Test Strips? The answer to this question depends on your insurance. Generally, there are three possible scenarios: Your insurance requires a prescription to cover your test strips. In that case you will need to have your doctor write you a prescription to get coverage for your test strips. Otherwise, you can buy them without prescription but you would have to pay out of your pocket. You may have to launch a letter-writing campaign to your insurance to see if they will reimburse you for the over the counter purchase of test strips. There are other insurances that don’t require prescriptions. All they will need from you is the invoice. Simply Submit your invoice to them for reimbursement. These are commonly referred to as Good insurance. Lastly, if you’re on Medicare or Medicaid, you will need to have a prescription to get covered. You can check online to see if there are any government programs that will reimburse you for diab Continue reading >>

Evaluation Of Five Cowside Tests For Use With Milk To Detect Subclinical Ketosis In Dairy Cows.

Evaluation Of Five Cowside Tests For Use With Milk To Detect Subclinical Ketosis In Dairy Cows.

Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of five ketone tests for use with milk to detect subclinical ketosis [defined as > 1200 mumol of beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA)/L of blood] in dairy cows. The tests studied were the Ketolac BHB strip to detect BHBA (Hoechst, Unterschleissheim, Germany) and four tests based on sodium nitroprusside to detect acetoacetate (Rothera tests) [Ketostix strip (Bayer, Etobicoke, ON, Canada), Bioketone powder (Societé d' Analyses Biopharmaceutiques, Laval, QC, Canada), Ketocheck powder (Great States, St. Joseph, MO), and Utrecht powder (University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands)]. Milk samples (n = 529) from 266 cows in 25 Ontario dairy herds were used for this investigation. The Ketolac BHB strip at 50 and 100 mumol of BHBA/L of milk showed sensitivities of 92 and 72%, respectively. This test was more sensitive for subclinical ketosis than were any of the Rothera tests. The sensitivities of the Rothera tests were 43, 33, 28, and 5%, respectively, for Utrecht powder, Bioketone powder, Ketocheck powder, and Ketostix strip. The Rothera tests were highly specific, as was the Ketolac BHB strip at 200, 500, and 1000 mumol of BHBA/L of milk (specificity, > 97%). The prevalence of subclinical ketosis was highest during the first 6 wk of lactation, and a peak was detected during the 2nd wk of lactation. Of the tests evaluated in this study, Ketolac BHB strip was the most useful to monitor subclinical ketosis in dairy herds. Continue reading >>

Management – Gdm

Management – Gdm

How to treat it? There are four major initial aspects of treatment. 1. Diet and activity About two-thirds of people with gestational diabetes respond very well to watching their diet. Keeping track of your weight is helpful. Older practice was a very restrictive diet, but now it is understood that the pancreas needs a reasonable amount of carbohydrates to work properly. The modern diabetic meal plan is very close to a healthy normal diet. It is important that your pancreas is not exposed to a large meal, so it is best to spread out your intake into 3 meals and 3 snacks. Small amounts of food periodically throughout the day are much easier for your pancreas to process. As the baby consumes calories all night long, it is also important that you have a bedtime snack. It is very important that you avoid really sweet things because these high-sugar foods tend to raise your blood sugar more and puts extra stress on your pancreas. Avoiding sugary pop and limiting the amount of juice you drink is important. Juice may be natural but it is high in fructose and glucose that will raise your blood sugar. The less fat you eat the less likely you will be to gain further weight and aggravate the problem. Fat is a much more concentrated form of energy than carbohydrates or protein. Exercise and activity help to use up sugar. Sometimes a 10-15 minute walk after meals will also lower the blood sugars. Walking or gentle swimming are usually good exercise for pregnant women but check with your caregiver to be sure they are fine for you. 2. Monitoring Blood Sugar Once you are on the diet your physician or caregiver will need to know your blood sugar levels. For this your clinic should provide you with a meter and ask you to check your blood sugar four times a day. A nurse will usually check Continue reading >>

The Effects Of Caffeine On Ketosis

The Effects Of Caffeine On Ketosis

Nowadays, it seems as if society as we know it, is becoming more and more obsessed with body image and appearance on a day to day basis. Because of this, we find ourselves constantly trying to watch what we eat, watching our figures, and busting our butts in the gym until we feel physically sick in the process. What generally tends to happen is that when we go from one extreme, I.E eating junk and being lazy, to another, I.E eating healthy, but incredibly low calorie diets and exercising until we feel sick, it comes as quite a shock to the system to begin with, and we lose a fair amount of fat. Sadly, the body quickly adapts to these changes and our progress becomes slower and slower with each passing day. Eventually, we’ll find ourselves eating boring and tasteless food, constantly feeling tired, hungry, and irritable due to the extreme calorie deficit, and struggling to complete even the most basic of workouts. What generally then happens is that we’ll weigh ourselves, and notice that, after weeks of dieting, exercising, and making ourselves miserable in the process, we’ve lost barely any weight, if any weight at all for that matter. We then likely feel discouraged, will throw the towel in, and stuff our faces full of as much junk food as possible, before repeating the entire vicious circle all over again. Now, don’t get us wrong, calorie restrictive diets rich in healthy foods do work, but extreme deficits, and bland tasting foods are not good for the body, or the psyche for that matter. Ketogenic diets however, are quickly becoming popular once more, and it is ketogenic diets we’ll be looking at here, alongside caffeine and how caffeine effects these diets. What is ketosis? Ketogenic diets, such as ‘keto’ and the Atkins diet, are not new concepts, as t Continue reading >>

A New Toy Measuring Blood Ketones

A New Toy Measuring Blood Ketones

I just got a new toy: a device for measuring blood ketones. This is a far more exact and reliable measurement than testing for urine ketones using cheap dipsticks. Ketosis is of course the state the body is in when eating very low carb. Ketones, made from fat, will then fuel the brain instead of glucose. So who needs one of these gadgets? Perhaps nobody. Obviously it’s easy to eat LCHF without it. This is for curious nerds (like me) and for those who want definite proof that they are eating so little carbs that insulin levels are low and fat burning is maximized. A ketone level somewhere between 1.5 – 3 is said to be an optimal level for maximizing weight loss. It means that insulin levels are very low. As you can see my first measurement was 0.2, after a caesar sallad dinner. I’m not surprised as I’ve probably eaten at least 50 grams of carbs a day lately. I will try it out fasting in the mornings during the coming days. Perhaps I’ll try being really strict with the carbs for a while to see what happens. Have you tried one of these or are you interested in doing it? Continue reading >>

Buy Diabetic Health Medical Testing Supplies Online

Buy Diabetic Health Medical Testing Supplies Online

Diabetic Health Medical Testing Supplies Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) T2D was once referred to as adult onset diabetes, but it can also occur in children. T2D is a serious medical condition characterized by high blood sugar levels. This happens as a result of the pancreas failing to produce enough insulin, or the body becoming resistant to it. Insulin is a natural hormone produced by the beta cells in the pancreas. This hormone works by absorbing and processing glucose from the blood stream into the body’s cells to be used or stored for energy. Glucose is a form of sugar which is one of the main sources of fuel for all the cells of the body. Two of the body’s main sources of glucose comes from food and the liver. The liver makes glucose and stores it for future use. On the other hand, when you eat carbohydrates, your body produces insulin and the glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream. When blood glucose levels drop as a result of skipping meals, the liver will break down glycogen into glucose. This will help to maintain normal blood sugar levels. In T2D, this process does not work properly, as the body does not product enough insulin or use the insulin it does produce properly. In healthy people, the beta cells in the pancreas produce more insulin when blood sugar levels rise. Over time, however, these beta cells can become damaged and fail to meet the insulin needs of the body. If this happens, this is called T2D. There is no cure for T2D. However, this medical condition can be treated through regular exercise, healthy diet and maintaining a proper weight. If a healthy diet and exercise does not work, your doctor may prescribe an oral diabetes medication, such as metformin, to help control your blood glucose levels. T2D is more common compared to T1D. It is not yet kno Continue reading >>

Ketone Testing

Ketone Testing

If glucose levels are very high Type 1 diabetes, then blood ketones may be formed and lead to a serious, potentially life threatening complication known as Diabetic Keto Acidosis (DKA). This is an emergency condition and should be treated in a hospital. If glucose levels are very high and not responding to insulin treatment then a blood ketone test should be done at home. If ketones are elevated GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM for further treatment. What are Ketones? In diabetes, there is not enough insulin to help your muscles absorb glucose from the blood. And when your muscles are starved for energy they start to "burn" fat. This produces breakdown products called ketones. These are toxic acids. The accumulation of these acids in the body may lead to the condition called ketosis and as it gets more serious, ketoacidosis or DKA. We can test for ketones using urine ketone testing strips or we can test for blood ketones. The Canadian Diabetes Association Guidelines suggest that blood ketone testing is more appropriate. There is one glucose meter in Canada that can also test blood ketones, this is the Precision Xtra meter and there are special ketone testing strips available, they come in a package of 10 and cost about $20:00. Most private drug plans will cover the cost though the Ontario Drug Benefit plan and some other provincial plans do not. Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) Occurs when excessive levels of ketone accumulate and the body becomes acidotic. It is a potentially life-threatening condition. ß-Hydroxybutyrate is the predominant ketone associated with DKA. ß-Hydroxybutyrate: A key to DKA Detection, Better Clinical Decisions Sick-day management requires increased monitoring of blood glucose and assessment for ketosis. Testing for ß-Hydroxybutyrate is a key to early dia Continue reading >>

Precision Xtra Vs. Novamax Plus: Ketone Meter Evaluation

Precision Xtra Vs. Novamax Plus: Ketone Meter Evaluation

With the rise in interest in the n=1 experiment I’ve been blogging about since May 2012 (read my latest updates about it here, here, here and here), so many of you have begun testing your own blood ketones to see how well you are doing in pursuit of reaching that glorious state of “nutritional ketosis.” Attaining blood ketone levels of 0.5-3.0 millimolar is the optimal level for producing an appropriate level of beta-hydroxybutyrate to commence fat-burning and to serve as an excellent alternative fuel source for your brain and body for optimal performance according to what Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek outline so beautifully in their outstanding MUST-HAVE 2012 book The Art & Science Of Low Carbohydrate Performance. If you haven’t already picked up your own copy of this book, then I cannot recommend it highly enough to you as an invaluable resource in your pursuit of living an optimally healthy low-carb lifestyle. As people have been shopping around for their own blood ketone meter, I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails from readers who have asked me for my recommendation between which of the two major ketone meters they should get to test their blood levels. Is there any difference between the Precision Xtra and NovaMax Plus blood ketone meters? I’ve personally tried both of these meters and have been using the Precision Xtra results to document my n=1 experiment. Let’s take a closer look at the PROS and CONS of each: **Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Meter** PROS: – Accurate and clear blood ketone measuring – Sturdy and strong test strips – More precise than urine ketone testing CONS: – Requires more blood than glucose testing – Test strips can be quite expensive – Not available for purchase in stores **NovaMax Plus Blood Ketone Meter** PROS Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Monitors...

Blood Glucose Monitors...

Please remember all changes in insulin regimens must be discussed with your diabetes team first!!! Below is information to assist you in being more informed when speaking with them. Blood Glucose Testing You can test your blood glucose levels by lancing the tips of the fingers, as well as Alternate Site Testing (AST) on such places as the sides of the hands, the forearm and the leg. When in doubt or if a low is suspected always use the finger tip for most reliable results. While most people do not find a time lag when using AST, current research recommends that lows be monitored through finger testing. Why is it important to test? In order to properly control your diabetes, it is important to know what you blood glucose levels are. Too high or too low can lead to disastrous complications. When to test? This depends on if you have Type 1 Diabetes or not and how active you are. Current Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice guidelines suggest 6 times per day. Many doctors suggest testing before each meal, before, after and during strenuous physical activity, and before bed. It may also be preferable to test at least once throughout the night to ensure that night-time basal insulins are working properly. Please consult with your diabetes team to see how often you should test your blood glucose levels. Please remember that the above information is simply a guideline and in no way replaces medical advise. Please speak with your doctor or diabetes care professional to determine what blood glucose levels are optimal for your care. The above guidelines are based on the Canadian Diabetes Association's 2003 Clinical Practice Guidelines. Glucometers Glucometers come in all shapes and sizes. Check out our new reviews and opinions on the latest meters... Do you have a favor Continue reading >>

Hospital Connectivity Glucose/ketone Monitoring System The Most Extensively Studied And Proven Glucose Measurement Technology

Hospital Connectivity Glucose/ketone Monitoring System The Most Extensively Studied And Proven Glucose Measurement Technology

In addition to the study submitted to the FDA, 138 other independent studies over the last eight years—including 53 critical care studies—have found no clinically significant interferences for StatStrip Glucose measurement technology. This is a statement that no other glucose meter manufacturer can make. StatStrip Glucose and StatStrip Xpress2 Glucose are the world’s most extensively studied and proven glucose test. It has been proven to be safe and effective for use throughout all hospital and professional healthcare settings including critical care. Wireless meter connectivity to LIS/HIS with StatStrip Glucose The StatStrip Glucose Hospital Meter System now offers bidirectional wireless connectivity to hospital HIS or LIS with complete security to protect patient data. Wireless connectivity can transmit patient results directly from the bedside, alleviating the need to bring the meter to a fixed location for meter docking and data transmission. Wireless connectivity saves time for the caregiver and allows for faster charting of results and clinical decision making to improve patient care. Dual-band wireless connectivity provides complete security and encryption to ensure that patient data remains uncompromised. Nova now offers a full range of StatStrip Glucose wireless connectivity capabilities, including wireless meters, wireless carrying cases, and wireless docking stations. All wireless devices use industry standard POCT1-A2 data format and are compatible with a choice of middleware partners. Measures ketones* with same meter Easy to use No meter preparation or calibration coding steps are required. Insert a ketone strip and StatStrip Glucose/Ketone automatically recognizes the strip and converts the meter to ketone measuring mode. Blood ketone testing should Continue reading >>

The Best Ketone Meters To Monitor Ketosis – Christmas 2017

The Best Ketone Meters To Monitor Ketosis – Christmas 2017

The goal of a high-fat, low-carb diet is to get into a state called Ketosis where the body burns fat as fuel rather than using glucose as its source of energy. Types of Ketone Meters There are several types of ketone meters available that monitor ketosis in vastly different ways, some more accurate than others and some more convenient others. We’ll discuss 3 types of Ketone Meters available starting with the best on the market today in 2017. Ketonix Breath Ketone Analyzer The Ketonix breath analyser doesn’t use any blood glucose test or test strip, it works by analysing acetone on your breath that your body produces when you’re in a state of ketosis. The Ketonix is slightly less accurate as blood ketone and glucose meters are per test. But they are more convenient With the Ketonix, you can test yourself an unlimited amount of times, hourly if you like. Which is ideal if you want to see how various foods effect ketosis after you’ve eaten them or even the effects exercise has. The Ketonix is affordable when you take into account the price of test strips for blood monitors. (Many companies give away cheap versions of blood monitors but make their money on testing strips). The Ketonix has no test strips and requires no further outlay. Ketonix also comes with software that will keep a log and also calibrates the device to the optimal settings for your goals. If you’re trying to monitor ketones under conditions such as athletic performance, weight loss, diabetes, alzheimer’s or epilepsy. The Ketonix adjusts its settings to test whether you’re in the ideal range for that condition. The Ketonix Breath Ketone Analyzer is a one-off payment you can read more & check them out here. Blood Ketone Meter One of the best & most precise ways of monitoring ketosis is with a Continue reading >>

Nutritional Ketosis Tools

Nutritional Ketosis Tools

For anyone who is getting started nutritional ketosis or interested in how I track everything, I figure I would write a post showing all the tools I use. Something like this would have been helpful for me when I was just starting. Precision Xtra Blood Glucose and Ketone Meter: This is the system I use to track my daily fastingmorning blood ketones to determine if I am in the range of nutritional ketosis (0.5 mmol- 3.0 mmol). I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting what my ketones will be the following morning based on my diet and activity level. The system I purchased came with the meter itself, the lancet you see pictured on the right of the meter, and 10 needles. I had to purchase the ketone strips separately. There is another system out there, the Nova Max Plus, but I ended up going with the Precision Xtra system based on a review I read from Jimmy Moore and I wanted to the most accurate system available. The main draw back of the Precision Xtra system is the price of the ketone strips, which can be in the range of $5.00 a strip. Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Test Strips: These are the all important test strips to use with the Precision Xtra system. As you can see by the link, these things are costly! But in my searches online I found a Canadian pharmacy that sells these for a much more reasonable price of $1.99 per strip. Here is another one based in Canada that offers the strips for $2.49 per strip, depending on how many you buy. These prices also don’t include the shipping, so keep that in mind. I’ve had a lot of success with the first one so at least for the length of this experiment, I’ll continue to order from them. I have read in some places that eBay can be a place to look for these strips, but when I checked there the prices weren’t much better. FreeSt Continue reading >>

Import Alert Name:

Import Alert Name:

(Note: This import alert represents the Agency's current guidance to FDA field personnel regarding the manufacturer(s) and/or products(s) at issue. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person, and does not operate to bind FDA or the public). Import Alert # 75-01 "Detention Without Physical Examination Of Urine Test Strips Not Labeled for Marketing in the U.S." The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has received numerous complaints involving urine test strips which are labeled for sale in Canada but are being commercialized in the United States. These urine test strips are being used for various tests such as: Glucose, Bilirubin, Protein, Ketone, Nitrite, and Leucocites. These products are intended for sale in Canada and they are labeled in the International System (IS) of units which are used and recognized in Canada. Because these metric units are not commonly used in the United States, consumers in this country may not appropriately convert and interpret the results. Districts may detain, without physical examination, urine test strips manufactured by firms identified in the attachment for this import alert. Continued surveillance of urine test strips from other foreign manufacturers appears warranted. For questions or issues concerning science, science policy, sample collection, analysis, preparation, or analytical methodology, contact the Division of Field Science at 301 796-6600. "The article is subject to refusal of admission pursuant to section 801(a)(3) in that its labeling appears to lack adequate directions for its intended use, in that product is labeled in International System (SI) units which are not commonly used in the United States [Misbranding, 502(f)(1)]." OASIS charge code - DIRECTIONS Sensor Health Products Inc Date Pu Continue reading >>

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