I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic in 2005 and given the usual talk of sticking to a healthy diet including a small amount of carbohydrate with every meal. I stuck to this but had problems with nodding off at work and not knowing if I needed to eat something or run around the block. My weight continued to fluctuate between 20 - 21.5 stones.
As per usual for the NHS my GP adhered to research that is 40+ years out of date & would not let me have the blood testing sticks on prescription until I require insulin to control my diabetes. I could afford to buy my own monitor but at £30 a pot for 25 test sticks could not afford to test myself.
My brother-in-law is a recently diagnosed type 2 diabetic and since his son was diagnosed as a type 1 aged 18, twelve years ago they have both done a lot of research about the condition and its horrendous affects on one's body and are insistent that it is not going to happen to them!!
They are determined to bring their sugar levels down to between 4 - 5.5 base level, to do this my brother-in-law tests 1st thing in the morning and 2 hours after breakfast, then before every meal and 2 hours after. He sticks rigidly to a low carbohydrate diet and has cut his calorie intake, it has taken him 6 months but he is almost there with the added benefit of loosing several stones in weight.
I have been on a low carbohydrate diet and testing 7/8 times a day since 17th February when I weighted in at 20 stones 9 pounds. I was staying with my sister for a week and ate what they ate and lost 7 pounds. Since coming home I have cut out most carbohydrate from my diet, I do not count calories, enjoy what I eat and have not suffered from any food cravings. I feel really alert and only get ' tired' when I have too many carbohydrates, my total weight loss to date is 1.5 stones over 10 weeks.
This has been made possible due to being introduced to Home Health (UK) Ltd by my brother-in-law as a cheap source of blood sugar monitoring equipment. I have found the service to be fast, reliable and the prices are to die for, the Codefree starter pack and 250 test sticks came to just under £40.00. With a pot of 25 testing sticks for £6 it is certainly affordable to ensure your continued good health. Well done Home Health (UK) Ltd.
However, it does raise the question if home health (UK) Ltd can sell the required products and make a profit why does it cost the NHS £30.00 a pot for 25 testing sticks!!! Also if the NHS was honest and truthful with the information they give to all pre-diabetic and diagnosed diabetics and used the results of the most up to date research for their treatment the overall monetary and human cost to the nation would drop dramatically!!!!!!
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