I need to test my blood sugar levels twice a day for my pre-diabetes caused by taking prednisone for an extended period for my sarcoidosis, so I picked up a glucose testing meter from the drug store. There was a brand called True Test that uses gold tipped test strips for “laser accuracy”, that after an instant rebate was only $9.99. I got that one and was impressed by how inexpensive it was. The kit came with a meter, lancer, lancets, testing strips and a carrying case. Quite impressive.
The kit only came with a few test strips so I went to buy some more and was shocked that the strips themselves were more expensive than the actual meter. They were $75.00. I guess it’s like a printer. The company actually makes money on the ink, not the printer. The printer is dirt cheap, but the ink is expensive and you have to keep buying ink to print!
I held out on buying extra strips until I had appointment with the nutritionist to make sure the meter I got was a good one. Turns out that my insurance covers the cost of diabetic testing supplies, but only certain brands. She gave a new tester and a prescription for testing strips. The glucose meter manufacturer lures people in with an inexpensive meter and then socks them with the high costs of testing strips.
Following a bad diet that can lead to diabetes does really cost in the future. Not only cost you with suffering with the disease, but also the medical costs. I feel for those who have no medical insurance. I only test twice a day. Some people need to test themselves five times at least. I really don’t know how they can afford it without insurance! Luckily I have great medical insurance, and also I have no intention of testing my blood sugar after June. That’s when I get re-tested and my pre-diabetes will be a thing of the past.
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