The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #128026   Message #2862549
Posted By: Backwoodsman
12-Mar-10 - 08:27 AM
Thread Name: BS: Diabetes... another thread
Subject: RE: BS: Diabetes... another thread
Callingbird, mp - currently the 'recommended' glucose level in the UK is around 6 mmol after fasting. My doctore likes 5.5 to 6.5. I find myself feeling hypo at around 4, so I don't like to drop that low.

Type 2 in the UK is treated usually by diet control often combined with by oral medication but, I learned recently from another 'Catter, sometimes by insulin too.

Self-testing is recommended and supported by some health authorities, but not by others where reliance is placed on periodic HbA1C laboratory testing. My own area does not recommend or support self-testing, so I have not been issued with a kit. However, I bought my own and I test once a week, first thing in the morning before eating or drinking.

My kit instructions state that a new lancet should be used every time, and that the test site should be swabbed or the hands thoroughly washed before testing.

A good place to get information about both types of diabetes is

http://www.diabetes.org.uk/

or your local Diabetes Support Group.