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In my opinion, the first line of defense is more testing - and the knowledge of what to do with those numbers. Too many doctors tell diabetics to test "once a day". Or insurance cmopanies will allow a maximum of 4 test a day. But does anyone say what the purpose of testing is? NO.

New diabetics need to learn how different foods affect their BGs. The way to do this is to keep good notes of what you eat, check your BG before meals, and one and two hours afterwards, making good notes. Pretty soon it will become obvious what foods -- very likely high GI carbs such as foods made with grains (pasta, cereals, breads), rice and root veggies (potatoes) will make MOST diabetics' BGs rise. Then avoid those foods!

So: 1) Insurance companies need to allow more strips for more testing.
2) Doctors need to tell new diabetics to test more and what to do with the results of those tests.

Sufficient strips at the front will cost the insurance companies more. But it will save at the other end, as diabetics DON'T get kidney failure, amputations, heart disease, as a result of poor BG control

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