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13 Apr '16

Important News Regarding TRUEtest Test Strips

Posted by Nick Puffer

After buying Nipro Diagnostics earlier this year (TRUEtest Test Strips, TRUEresult & TRUE2go Meters), Trividia delivered news to their suppliers.  As of June 1st 2016, they will no longer be distributing, and have discontinued, TRUE2go & TRUEresult Meters and TRUEtest Test strips.

Distributors have been rushing to buy the remaining supplies in order to supply their diabetic patients for, and this is speculating, a few months.  This news came out around April 7th to distributors, which only gives us a small time frame to educate our patients of the changes ahead.




Grace Healthcare will carry a supply and have cut prices in order to make sure all our customers receive as many boxes as needed.  You can click here to see our updated prices. Free shipping on all orders over $20.   Order while supplies last!

UPDATE:  We have now run out of TRUEtest Test Strips.  If you would like to purchase Test strips, use promo code: TESTSTRIP10  and receive a 10% discount off your purchase!  Good for one use only!

From what we are told, TRUEmetrix Meters will replace the TRUEresult & TRUE2go Meters while TRUEmetrix Test Strips will replace TRUEtest Test Strips.


What do you think about the sudden change?  Leave comments below.

23 Mar '16

How to Use Glucose Test Strips

Posted by Nick Puffer

Individuals with diabetes know how important management and control are. You cannot let diabetes get the best of you. While proper diet and healthy lifestyle choices are part of that, you must make sure that you have the proper equipment. For diabetics, that equipment is the blood test monitor, the lance, and, of course, the blood glucose test strips. Typically, testing devices will come with everything that you need, but they will only last so long. If you want to make sure that you have everything, you need to make regular purchases and stay stocked on equipment. Diabetic test strips, lancets, and other vital pieces of diabetes testing must remain in stock so that you can perform regular testing.

If you have never used a blood sugar test strip before or if you are using a new brand, you might want to know more about using them. As with anything, you cannot jump right into this blindly. It is especially important here because your health is at stake. If you do not do this properly, you may not get accurate results. Inaccurate results can put your health at risk, causing hospitalization or even death. You must make sure that you understand the use of your chosen test strips completely. Make understanding the diabetic test strips a top priority when you first start and any time you switch.

Luckily, nearly every blood sugar test strip works in essentially the same way. While you might see some differences, there are few of them. This is because universal use of these important items and devices is critical for the health and safety of individuals.

Begin by making sure that your chosen strip is compatible with your device. Compatibility is key to using the blood sugar test strip with the device, obviously, so you want to choose one that is fully compatible. You can find lists available that list all compatible testing strips with each monitoring device. Use this when making your purchase. The same applies to lancets, as well.

When you finally purchase your blood glucose test strips, read the box. Read the instructions fully so that you can follow the directions exactly as written. Follow the directions on your monitor and lance, too, so that you do not make any mistakes along the way. If you follow the listed instructions, using them should be no problem. Generally, they are simple and straightforward, allowing anyone, including children, to use them with ease.

Typically, using a blood glucose monitor and test strip works as followed:

  1. Wash and dry hands completely. You do not want to perform this test until you have made sure that your hands are entirely clean.
  2. With clean hands, begin preparing the device by turning it on and putting in the lance.
  3. Choose where to lance, such as the tip of an index finger, and lance. Make sure the spot can produce enough blood so that some will appear after the lancing. This is why people typically choose the fingertips. You can massage the area some, but try not to press down on it too much.
  4. Have the blood sugar test strip ready in the monitor and, when enough blood has appeared, dip the end into it. Luckily, for testing blood sugar, you only need a small amount of blood. A tiny dot will typically suffice for this.
  5. When blood glucose test strips absorb enough blood, the system will automatically begin testing. You can see the screen on your monitor change, and you may hear a sound with it. Do keep in mind that this may change from device to device. If you have never used the device before, make sure that you read through the instructions.
  6. Upon reading the results, the monitor will display them for you. Check the results to see if they are good and whether there is something you must do.
  7. Clean everything up by removing and disposing of both lance and test strip.
  8. Store your monitor and extra lancets and diabetic test strips for another use.

Do keep in mind that time matters when testing. Diabetics usually have a routine set up for testing their blood sugar levels. Choose times around when you plan to eat and exercise, test when you feel your blood sugar changing, and test at night. Testing during these times will keep you fully informed so that you do not put your health in jeopardy.

Using diabetic test strips is not that difficult. Most people can manage it successfully, regardless of age or health concerns. Doing so is about knowing your chosen blood glucose test strips, blood glucose monitor, and lancets. Understand compatibility, basic usage, and the information shown. Along with using the test strips, make sure that you choose a good time for testing. If you can do all of this, you can keep up with good health as a diabetic.

Have anything to add or did we miss something?  Let us know in the comment section below!  We'd love to hear from you.

24 Nov '15

Diabetics Guide to the Holidays

Posted by Nick Puffer
With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas a little over a month away, you’re probably wondering, if you’re a diabetic or have stayed strong on the diet all year long, how you will survive all the tempting sugary treats and high carb foods this season. For diabetics especially, overloading your plates with junk food will cause sugar spikes and raise your blood pressure as your body has a hard enough time producing insulin while eating healthy.

For many, this is among the most anticipated time of year, and while individuals have the will power to eat healthy through most holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two holidays where they consider splurging. If you fall under this category you’re not alone. Just remember that most people who fall off the wagon on their diet do so more this time of the year than any other time. The problem with people cheating on their diet around the holidays is recovering and getting back on is harder because people tend to bring snacks to work and functions throughout the duration of the season.

So, with all of this in mind, let’s talk about how we can maintain our healthy lifestyle and satisfy some of the cravings!

Refrain from Alcoholic Beverages

For some this isn’t a big deal yet for some it’s a big downer. I’m personally not a big drinker however, if I’m at a party or a get together I tend to want to indulge in a couple of alcoholic beverages. The real problem doesn’t necessarily lie in the sensation but the amount of carbs and hidden sugars that’s loaded inside the drink itself.
My advice would be to stay clear of the alcohol! Doing this will allow you to indulge a little bit more on the treats!

Stay Clear of the Office Treats

It’s a tough time of the year to be in an office setting if you’re trying to stay on a diet. Every other day it seems someone is bringing a different dish in for everyone to try. These little treats can add up quick if you’re not careful. So, how do you resist the urge? Try staying clear of the break room except for lunch. I know it sounds easier said than done but if you can stay clear it will be less tempting to cave into the urges.

Also, telling your co-workers know in advance that you have diabetes and are on a strict diet can also help alleviate temptations.

Prioritize your Plate

Fortunately, there are a lot of healthy low carb options for the two big meals like Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and greens just to name a few. There are many options that will allow you to have a big plate and still have a low carb intake.

A great way to save those carbs for extra treats is to load half your plate with low carb veggies, a quarter of your plate with skinless turkey, and the rest with sample size portions of your favorite treats. This way, you’ll be able to have a taste of everything without breaking your diet!
16 Nov '15

Ten Foods to Keep your Type 2 Diabetes Diet Supercharged

Healthy FoodsIf you have Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetic, you’re well aware of the foods that you must stay clear from: candy, soda, fruit juices, pastas and white rice, whole milk, fatty meats, just to name a few. It is rather disappointing, especially when first diagnosed, to find out some of your favorite foods are off the list. However, with a proper diet and adding a portion or two of an assortment of supercharged items on your menu every day, you could easily squeeze in a cheat item in moderation here and there and not suffer later or feel guilty for doing so.

Now, before we go over a list of foods that will help us keep type 2 diabetes at bay, let’s take a quick look at the vitamins and minerals that make these foods ”super”!

• Calcium
• Chromium
• Fiber
• Potassium
• Complex B Vitamins
• Vitamins C – E
• Magnesium

Before you take this list to the vitamin store and stock up on supplements, understand that you can easily get these minerals and vitamins from fruits and vegetables at a much lower cost while getting the nectar straight from the source! Keep in mind, while taking multi-vitamins can’t hurt, it’s a well-known fact that the body absorbs more of the nutrients from actually eating fruits and vegetables rather than taking a daily vitamin.

So, without further ado, here are the top 10 supercharged super foods for type 2 diabetes.

  • Leafy Green Vegetables- Leafy green veggies, such as kale and spinach, are jam-packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and can even help with eye diseases.

  • Eggs – Eggs are a great source of healthy proteins. Studies suggest that people who eat an egg a day will usually take in less calories in a 24 hour period.
  • Salmon – Salmon is a great source for fatty omega 3’s which, according to Web-MD, can help aid in depression, asthma, ADHD, and may prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Omega 3 Fatty Acids can also lower the risk of heart diseases.
  • Skim Milk – Low fat milks are a great source of Vitamin D and has a very low GI score.
  • Tomatoes – Tomatoes, if eaten regularly, has been found to help reduce blood pressure and cardiovascular risks. These are recommended to diabetes patients due to a low GI ranking while the ability to satisfy hunger.
  • Oranges – Oranges, along with a wide variety of other citrus fruits, are full of vitamin c and fiber.
  • Nuts/Seeds – These are full of healthy fats and can satisfy a savory craving. Seeds and nuts are also a great source for Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
  • Whole Grains – Whole grains are another good source of insoluble fiber, can lower blood pressure, and blood sugar levels
  • Beans – Beans are a great source of fiber, protein, and magnesium and help control glycemic levels.
  • Berries – Having a sweet tooth? Try eating a handful of berries! Berries, such as blueberries and strawberries, contain small amounts of calories and are high in fiber, which help you to feel satisfied after a meal or snack. Berries also help protect against heart disease, lower blood sugar levels, and even aids in protection against cancer.

As an added bonus, because we love you, we would like to introduce you to a plant that may not be as well-known as the items on the top ten list. Purslane is considered a weed yet enjoyed, and is very common, in Europe and Asia.

What makes Purslane so special you may ask? Well, Purslane, for starters, actually helps in controlling the body’s blood sugar. In an article called, “Purslane for Controlling Blood Sugar”, Dr. Julian Whitaker states that patients with type 2 diabetes who added 180 mg of a Purslane extract to their diet had a 44 percent improvement in their hemoglobin A1C Levels.

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