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I did some beta testing with their program ,

It does not seem to do anything a well control t2 would not do,

Now if you don't have a clue they might help.

I specifically asked about a LCHF program. Their answer was they leave that up to your doctor.

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While doing the test program the interviewer askedme why my doctor thought I was a diabetic with my numbers A1c 5.6

Answer at dx A1c was 12.0. Duh

So make your own conclusions,

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Different strokes for different folks. If you think personal coaching will work for you, go for it. My opinion is that the advice you'll get here, for free, is as good or better than what they'll offer. Hands down. 

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There isn['t enough information on the link to honestly say.  But I have a feeling that its the usual crap all medical professionals tell us.  But then its free, so I say no harm in taking a look and see how it works.

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It is free so, if you believe it might help, I would say go for it.  Any tools that help us are good tools.

 

If it motivates you to manage your diabetes and it is effective then that is a win! ~ Mike

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While doing the test program the interviewer askedme why my doctor thought I was a diabetic with my numbers A1c 5.6

Answer at dx A1c was 12.0. Duh

So make your own conclusions,

When I went to have my colonoscopy, the anesthesiologist commented that my chart said I was diabetic.  She asked me what my last A1c was.  I told her and she said, "In whose book is that diabetic?"  I explained that when I was diagnose, it was 8.5.  She commented she had never seen anything like that before.

 

Diabetes Forums is my heavy artillery when it comes to diabetes management lol...

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I use the Livongo meter system paid for by my employer so I get free testing supplies. The meter works fine and appears to be quite accurate. I don't use any of the other services.

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Clint,

 

Can you comment more about the meter? Features, user interface, blood drop size? And what lancets do they supply (what gauge, if you know?) - I'm especially curious about whatever data capture/upload capabilities the meter has.

 

I've been getting 'junk mail' about this (as someone upthread mentioned, likely from express scripts). 

 

For reference I currently use a Contour USB, and do all my own data analysis/graph prep, so I don't need any capabilities other than capture and upload.

 

Thanks -- I'm always curious about new/different meters, and actual user experience rather than marketing/PR stuff.

 

--JT

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The meter is about 2"x3" and all screen. The test strips are huge but don't present any issues. Very little blood needed. I don't use their lancets so I'm not sure about them. I'm still working my way through a box of lancets I got 20 years ago. lol All the testing data is available at an online web page.

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I use the Livongo meter system paid for by my employer so I get free testing supplies. The meter works fine and appears to be quite accurate. I don't use any of the other services.

 

I am a bit concerned about this employer factor.  In my current job, they wont ask me to do a drug test or anything now.  But for all new jobs, they are asking if I have a disability (and diabetes is one of them).   I am worried that people with disabilities can be discriminated against.   All the nice political talk etc are all good, but the ground reality is always different.  As long as my diabetes is not reported in a negative way to my employer, I am ok to try. But on the other hand, I think it is really necessary to complicate our life by getting involved with these trials at this stage.   I decided not to go ahead and make my life more miserable :-) 

 

Thank you all for the input. 

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Here is some interesting reading.

 

In the United States, the Americans with Disability Act expressly forbids a asking an applicant or interviewee any questions about a disability or any medical condition when offering a job.  Diabetes is defined as a disability.

 

You are also not required to disclose that you have diabetes unless a reasonable accommodation needs to be made during the APPLICATION process (such as to eat a meal during some testing or evaluation I suppose).

 

The ADA also clearly covers conditions covering the period between acceptance of a position and starting the job and if a disability occurs during employment.

 

Arguably, many of the arguments could also be applied to people with high blood pressure which is also a chronic medical condition.

 

This link has very interesting information.  I know the ADA is taken seriously.  I recently had a job where I had to relocate time clocks with finger print scanners for a company that was given a correction notice because the top of the scanner was more than 48" from the floor.  I actually had to rehang the clocks and then take a picture with a tape showing that compliance had been fulfilled.  I can't disclose the name of the company but I will state that this was a nationwide project.

 

When I install wall phones, I also have to make sure the phone jack is not more than 48" from the floor.  This often generates the complaint that this is "too low" but when it is explained why we do this, most companies do it.  Win or lose, an ADA case is an expensive one for both parties and consumes a lot of time.

 

https://www1.eeoc.gov//laws/types/diabetes.cfm?renderforprint=1

 

 

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In California you have to tell the DMV if you have diabetes, and if so, you need a letter from your doctor to get your license. Affects your insurance too. 

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