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Old 03-02-2013, 23:32   #1
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Three hours after eating lunch (no carbs) and my blood sugar was 128. I have reduced my carb intake to 10 or below a day and I still can't get my blood sugar below 110. And to top it off my relion meter is testing me at 15 to 20 mL higher than my other meter. I tested last night at 140, thought that could not be right so tested again with my prodigy and it tested me at 127. Now I don't know which meter is right and which sugar level is correct. If it was just a few points I wouldn't care but that's a big difference.

I don't know what else to do to lower my blood sugar.

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The meter situation is difficult and frustrating, I'm sure. Others here have said they thought the Reli-on meter to be accurate.

I would think that if you cannot get good control from diet alone (and 10g carbs is pretty low) then you may need some help. Metformin? Insulin? Probably you need to talk this over with your doctor.

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The difference between 140 and 127 is only 13 points. When you factor in that meters have a 20% error, the readings are essentially the same. If you're not on insulin all you are looking for right now is trends. Don't get hung up too much on the actual readings, especially between meters, as that can drive you bonkers.

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Three hours after eating lunch (no carbs) and my blood sugar was 128. I have reduced my carb intake to 10 or below a day and I still can't get my blood sugar below 110. And to top it off my relion meter is testing me at 15 to 20 mL higher than my other meter. I tested last night at 140, thought that could not be right so tested again with my prodigy and it tested me at 127. Now I don't know which meter is right and which sugar level is correct. If it was just a few points I wouldn't care but that's a big difference.

I don't know what else to do to lower my blood sugar.
I'm about the same...10 to 20 carbs...fasting numbers between 120 and 130 each morning...between 110 and 120 by noon...between 100 and 120 before dinner...between 120 and 130 before bed. All of this is measured with a Relion Prime meter...but I do believe that this meter often provides a high reading. I find it works better if I don't use the strip as a shovel to attack the blood rather come straight down on the droplet until the strip just touches the top of the droplet drawing the blood up on its own. Once it draws, I pull the strip away from the blood quickly.

When I first got the Prime I tested it against a Relion Ultima and the Prime was consistantly reading about 15 points higher than the Ultima. Some may think the technique I describe above is nonsense but I seem to get a reading closer to the Ultima by using this method.

I forget who mentioned that the meter is used to measure a range between before meal readings and one/two hour post meal readings. Granted you want to pay attention to readings that are above 140 but for me, I'm waiting to see my doctor for an A1c reading, fairly certain that my Prime is reading high. I may prove myself wrong when I get the A1c results, but my daily normal range is between 110 and 130 or 135. That's only a 20 or 25 point spread with meals!

Now take all this with a grain of salt, as they say, because I've just started on the LC/HF and my numbers are coming down (I think) but more time is necessary to determine if I'm eating the way I should. I'm just going to keep the carbs down, the fat percentage up, and the protein down as much as I can.

We're not alone...I'm sure there are more people out there, just reading, not posting, that are in this leaky boat with us...I just keep bailing to keep the boat afloat!

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Thanks everyone. It's hard, because I don't want to ever get over 140, so when your meter reads that it is disconcerting. Frustrating when you're eating right and doing everything right And your numbers still aren't going down like you want (at least you aren't sure if they are because your meter is off!!)

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