Freestyle Precision Neo Glucose Meter.

Mark’s Note: This is the meter I chose. I did so initially because the pharmacist recommended it as he told me the costs of the test strips was less.  It requires a small amount of a blood sample, Test strips sold separately.  10 lancets and lancing device included.  Check out my previous post and video for a demo of me using the kit.

Also be aware you can use the Rite Aid brand True Plus Lancets in the lancing device which may be cheaper than those available from Abbott.  The higher the gauge of the lancet the thinner the needle.

Diabetes Type II-Essential Information You Need Now

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Diabetes Type II-  Essential Information

You Need Now.


Type II Diabetes develops when your body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin. The exact cause is unknown,although genetics and environmental factors, such as excess weight particularly in the mid-section and inactivity, seem to be contributing factors.

What is Insulin?

Insulin is a hormone that comes from the Pancreas a gland in your body
located below your stomach

*        The pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream.
*        The insulin circulates, enabling sugar to enter your cells.
*        Insulin lowers the amount of sugar in your bloodstream.
*        As your blood sugar level drops, so does the secretion of insulin
from your pancreas.

What is Glucose?

Glucose is a sugar and is a main source of energy for cells that make up
muscles and other tissues.

*        Glucose comes from two major sources: the food you eat and your liver.
*        Sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream, where it enters cells with
the help of insulin.( Think of Insulin as the key that opens the door into
your cells for sugar or glucose to enter and to be burned as fuel)
*        Your liver stores and makes glucose.
*        When your glucose levels are low, such as when you haven’t eaten in a while, the liver breaks down stored glycogen into glucose to keep your
glucose level within a normal range.

In Type II Diabetes, this process stops working . Sugar builds up in your bloodstream. As blood sugar levels increase, the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas release more insulin, but eventually these cells
become impaired and can’t make enough insulin to meet the body’s demands.

If untreated you can become a Type I Diabetic, the immune system destroys the beta cells, leaving the body with little to no insulin.

Factors Increasing Your Risk

*        Weight. Being overweight is a primary risk factor for type 2
diabetes. The more fatty tissue you have particularly in your midsection themore resistant your cells become to insulin. But, you don’t have to be overweight to develop type 2 diabetes.
*        Inactivity. The less active you are, the greater your risk of type 2
diabetes. Physical activity helps you control your weight, uses up glucoseas energy and makes your cells more sensitive to insulin.
*        Family history. The risk of type 2 diabetes increases if your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes.
*        Race. People of certain races – including blacks, Hispanics,
American Indians and Asian-Americans – are more likely to develop type II diabetes than whites are.
*        Age. The risk of type II diabetes increases especially after age 45. That’s probably because people tend to exerciseless, lose muscle mass and gain weight as they age.

But type II diabetes is also rising dramatically among children, adolescents and younger adults.
*        Prediabetes.  Prediabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Left untreated, prediabetes often progresses to type 2 diabetes.
*        Gestational diabetes. If you developed gestational diabetes when youwere pregnant, your risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases. If yougave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds (4 kilograms), you’re also at risk of type II diabetes.

*        Polycystic ovarian syndrome. For women, having polycystic ovariansyndrome – a common condition characterized by irregular menstrual periods,excess hair growth and obesity – increases the risk of diabetes.


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If you have any of the above symptoms or you are in a high risk category as outlined above you need to see your doctor immediately and inform her or him of your family history of the disease if  known, your signs and symptoms and have your Doctor order the appropriate lab tests.  Your Doctor can help you evaluate your lab test results and what those results mean.
Your Doctor may run a series of these tests on different days as necessary to confirm where you are at in the spectrum of pre-diabetic to Diabetic.

The types of test that can be run to diagnose if you are diabetic or not

A1C: It’s like an average of your blood glucose over the past 2 or 3 months.

Fasting plasma glucose: This measures your blood sugar on an empty stomach.
You won’t be able to eat or drink anything except water for 8 hours before
the test.

Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT): This checks your blood glucose before
and 2 hours after you drink a sweet drink to see how your body handles the sugar.

IMPORTANT: Diabetes is not something you can manage on your own or ignore.

I hate going to the doctor as much as anyone else out there but this time
you need to go to a doctor.  It is time consuming and will cost you but
failing to deal with your high blood sugar can have lasting effects to
include damage to your heart and blood vessels, kidneys, eyes, nerves, wound healing, sexual function and pregnancy.

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60 Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar: Simple Steps to Reduce the Carbs, Shed the Weight, and Feel Great Now!

Mark’s Note: I highly recommend this book.  I found my copy at a local  Walmart right after I was diagnosed with Pre-diabeties.  Dennis’s writing style was perfect and  he quickly put some of my fears to ease with his simple no nonsense non- technical explanations and tips.  Following his advice I dropped from 255 lbs to 220lbs in about a months time mostly by eliminating sugar when at all possible and lowering my carb intake.  This brought my blood sugar levels down a lot.

 I will be talking more about this book and what I learned in other posts in the near future but if you have been just diagnosed I would pick it up right away and read it cover to cover.  After you have checked it out let me knw what you think, OK in the comments section below or on the Facebook Group. 


It’s projected that in 50 years, one American in three will be diabetic. Many today are well on their way to becoming a sad statistic in the war on obesity, high blood sugar, and the related diseases―including diabetes―that can result from a diet that’s seriously out of whack.


In his previous bestselling book, Overcoming Runaway Blood Sugar, Dennis Pollock shared his personal experience with this deadly epidemic―including his success at lowering his runaway blood sugar to acceptable levels.


Now Dennis offers readers the next step in the battle: 60 practical ways to manage their blood sugar without resorting to a bland unsatisfying diet of turnips and tuna fish.

In this step by step, change by change plan, readers will learn how to:


  • reduce their intake of carbs
  • exercise more effectively
  • shed excess weight

A must-have book for readers serious about regaining their health while also lowering their weight and increasing their energy.