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Old 02-21-2012, 09:14   #1
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Are these two tests the same as in when i done my glucose test they took blood out of the vain had me drink some green drink then tested me 1 hour and 2 hours later, now im just wondering if i had have done it with a meter my own and drunk that green liquid and tested before then 1 hour and 2 hours later would have the numbers from both tests been the same or is the doctors test more accurate?


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Your doctor's test may be more accurate, yes, but the main thing about the doctor's test is that it is now in your medical records, and part of your official diagnosis.

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So are the meter tests pretty close to the mark?

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The home meters that we use are allowed to be 10-20% off. So the number you see is not exact. I 've never had the Glucose Tolerance Test, but I would assume their equipment is more reliable. I own several meters and have often tested them against each other. I get differing numbers.

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Home BG meters are not 100% accurate (even lab machines which are calibrated, may have some variance between labs) BUT the point is that they are 100% better than guessing and at least 75% better than the older style urine tests which basically showed that you had such high BG it was spilling over.

My advice is to find a meter that fits your needs, get comfortable with your testing technique and when you get a reading that seems out of the ordinary, re-test. Log the readings over days, weeks and months, watching for repeatable patterns; rather than concluding too much from a single reading.

I was advised to take my home BG meter along whenever I had a BG test at the lab and compare the readings -- I test within 5 minutes from the same hand as the arm where the blood was drawn. If it was more than 15% off I'd contact the meter manufacturer for a free replacement.

The bottom line is that most of us don't have access to lab-accurate testing equipment (it is expensive, slow and cumbersome) but what we do have has allowed many with Diabetes to maintain excellent BG control. Good Luck :-)

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Yes. At least mine are - I test along with any lab draw. And I think they are better than the old type of color range result or pee strips.

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