Thanks for responding, Tia.
Your example is not the same. The person in question can make a reasonable case for their insulin needs. Most people would agree that demanding someone live a strict LCHF lifestyle isn’t reasonable.
Of course, others will disagree, but that’s not the point. A non-frivolous case is being made.
Directly on-topic, Laddie did exactly this. Her biochemistry reacts with the Dexcom sensor “stuff” in such a way that it requires more frequent calibrations than Dexcom requires. This is good justification for Laddie to have more than 2 strips a day.
However, that is not the common case with Dexcom’s product. In fact, accuracy for most people is good enough with 2 calibrations a day that the FDA just approved the device for insulin dosing.
If a person isn’t calibrating more than twice a day – and I note that Dexcom recommends against it, supported by much discussion in the DOC about this – then why do they need to test separately with a meter?
It’s not an antagonistic question. It’s a sincere one. Laddie answered with something quite understandable, but she’s the exception. Others here have expressed some grief over the prospect of having strips limited if they have a CGM. Why? Are they like Laddie?
People who test their BG because they want to, not because they need to, should pay for that themselves. If a CGM does as good a job as the glucometer in obtaining that data, it makes no more sense to have insurance pay for both than it does to demand two different glucometers with test strips for both so that you can test with each every time.
Either the Dexcom really is a substitute for glucometers (which is what the FDA decision was all about), or it’s not. If it isn’t, why are so many of us relying on it WITHOUT double-checking a glucometer before dosing?
If it is, then what’s the rationale for continuing the spend on test strips? Laddie makes a good case for her outlier situation. There very well may be other good reasons. That’s what I’m asking to hear, as for many of us there simply are NOT good reasons to spend on both.