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Thread #128026   Message #2862815
Posted By: Backwoodsman
12-Mar-10 - 02:38 PM
Thread Name: BS: Diabetes... another thread
Subject: RE: BS: Diabetes... another thread
"I understand that some GPs are reluctant(!) to prescribe test strips etc for Type 2 but I haven't encountered this."

They don't prescribe them in the Backwoods, the official line being that a long-term average is the most meaningful measurement, hence the reliance on periodic HbA1C testing.

Diabetes UK are currently campaigning for frequent testing to be made the norm for T2 patients as well as T1.

"I get a thorough diabetes health check (weight, blood, eyes, feet)every 6 months by a specialist nurse at my GP's surgery and an annual one at the Diabetic Clinic at the hospital plus an annual Podiatry check and 6 monthly Retinal Screening."

I get pretty much the same, but only once a year. I go to a podiatrist anyway, every six weeks, so she keeps my feet under scrutiny.

I wish we could have standardised treatment for T2 patients, irrespective of where they live. Another stupid Postcode-Lottery.