Re: Glucose testing without strips
While it is also "strips", there is a noninvasive method which tests for glucose in urine. It is not as "good" as a glucometer, because the low limit of detection is about 180 mg/dl (10 mmol/l). However, the strips are far cheaper than glucometer test strips, and are non-invasive.
Combined with a periodic HbA1c test (I don't know if you have a Wal-Mart), this test method would be adequate for reasonable glucose control, and would be quite better than no method.
One disadvantage is that the sticks will not indicate low blood sugar. You would have to depend upon symptomatic presentation for these episodes.
However, low blood sugar episodes are quite rarely causative of unfortunate outcomes. It makes you feel "shaky", hungry, and have a headache, but that is about the whole extent of it.