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Old 03-16-2016, 21:10   #1
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Forgive me, I know this topic has been hashed to death! ...but does anyone have any experience switching from a ReLion Prime meter to a TrueResult (True Test) meter?

I have read that Prime characteristically reads high and TrueResult reads low which I can confirm. Before walking 1.6 miles at lunch, Prime read 111; TrueResult 94. After walking (45minutes), Prime read 104; TrueResult 83.

Since starting insulin a couple months ago, I became concerned about my readings since the amount of insulin I take (calculated via an iPhone APP) is dependent on the reading. I need as accurate a reading as possible where before 'trends' were fine.

Anybody adjust readings mentally using either meter for insulin injections?

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Can't comment about insulin. However, I've started double testing with the last three strips of the old vial and the first three strips of the new vial. That way I can see if the new one reads about the same as the old one. I do have the Relion Prime, and have discovered that different vials will read a slightly different levels overall. I don't think I'd stay with Relion if I were on insulin, though.

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Theoretically, if you know that one reads high and the other reads low...you can do an averaging and take that out for a test drive. In other words:

111 + 104 ÷ 2 = 107.5

94 + 83 ÷ 2 = 88.5

88.5 + 107.5 ÷ 2 = 98

If you're going to use the TRUEresult...then whatever your reading is add about 10%.

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I have brought my meter to the dr when having labs done. That way I can test right after they draw blood then compare to understand if my meter is off. It's just a point in time but at least it's something.

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I use Trueresult and I get exactly the same type of results if I compare it to ReliOn. Trueresult reads a little lower, but not much (if my A1C is to be believed). What's nice about Trueresult is that it's very consistent, so tack on no more than 10 points to the actual reading to be on the safe side. Nothing can beat so far $32 per 200 test trip price on Amazon.

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I use Trueresult and I get exactly the same type of results if I compare it to ReliOn. Trueresult reads a little lower, but not much (if my A1C is to be believed). What's nice about Trueresult is that it's very consistent, so tack on no more than 10 points to the actual reading to be on the safe side. Nothing can beat so far $32 per 200 test trip price on Amazon.
Last night before retiring for the night, the Trueresult reading was 99 and the Relion was 107 so I logged 103, right inbetween. Prior readings yesterday placed the Relion as much as 15 points higher.

This morning the Trueresult was 148 and the Relion was 149 (fun to deal with dawn phenomena, isn't it?). I'll spend the next couple days taking double readings from the same finger stick as close together as I can, and I thank you for the suggestion not to add more that 10 points to the Trueresult reading ...but I think I'll wind up adding something less than 10 like the 4 points I added last night. It will probably be more like 5 points added.

I know I have experienced a high reading with the Relion meter, retested and had it read 20 points lower! It seems the Relion needs a larger drop of blood to be more accurate. I haven't overdosed with insulin yet but really don't want that experience! That's why I'm considering the Trueresult meter. That and the fact that I buy my own strips wanting to keep costs to a minimum! Thanks for your advice!

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... I'm considering the Trueresult meter. That and the fact that I buy my own strips wanting to keep costs to a minimum!
Appreciate the discussion here.

I just placed an Amazon order for the Trueresult meter and 200 strips. Apparently it is the low-cost meter that Walgreens sells, but much cheaper from Amazon. It's even a few dollars less than Walmart's Relion .

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Appreciate the discussion here.

I just placed an Amazon order for the Trueresult meter and 200 strips. Apparently it is the low-cost meter that Walgreens sells, but much cheaper from Amazon. It's even a few dollars less than Walmart's Relion .
That's the order I placed on Amazon receiving my order just yesterday! With an Amazon prime membership, shipping was free and if I'm going to continue with this meter, which is likely, future orders will ship free as well!

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In regards to the Nipro TRUEresult meter. In 2013 Medicare switched me to this meter in one of their "budget" moves. Good meter. They also required that in order to refill my strips that I take the meter to the pharmacy instead of just ordering the test strips from the pharmacy and having them delivered. One of Medicare's "bright ideas" to stop the sale of people ordering test strips through Medicare...and then selling them off.

I asked the pharmacy if instead of bringing in the meter...if I could download my test results onto a data file and email that to them. They said that would be fine. I don't drive anymore. Taking a cab to the pharmacy would cost me $25 round trip. I could buy those 100 test strips off eBay for $20. Anyway...

If you look on the back of your TRUEresult meter you'll notice there are 4 little metal contacts. Those are used on what Nipro calls their "docking station". The docking station is connected to your computer via a USB cord. You just set the meter into the docking station and fire up the installed software. Quite the program...about 600+ MB.

You can order the docking station for about $20 and download the software from the link below...or order the "kit" which includes the software on a CD for about $30.

Nipro Diagnostics TRUEmanager webpage. or call the number on the back of your meter.

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In regards to the Nipro TRUEresult meter. In 2013 Medicare switched me to this meter in one of their "budget" moves. Good meter. They also required that in order to refill my strips that I take the meter to the pharmacy instead of just ordering the test strips from the pharmacy and having them delivered. One of Medicare's "bright ideas" to stop the sale of people ordering test strips through Medicare...and then selling them off.

I asked the pharmacy if instead of bringing in the meter...if I could download my test results onto a data file and email that to them. They said that would be fine. I don't drive anymore. Taking a cab to the pharmacy would cost me $25 round trip. I could buy those 100 test strips off eBay for $20. Anyway...

If you look on the back of your TRUEresult meter you'll notice there are 4 little metal contacts. Those are used on what Nipro calls their "docking station". The docking station is connected to your computer via a USB cord. You just set the meter into the docking station and fire up the installed software. Quite the program...about 600+ MB.

You can order the docking station for about $20 and download the software from the link below...or order the "kit" which includes the software on a CD for about $30.

Nipro Diagnostics TRUEmanager webpage. or call the number on the back of your meter.
Yep, I saw all that. I have an iPhone APP called RapidCalc which keeps 90 days of data; provided a trend report; estimates A1c; gives averages; and suggests an insulin dose based on the reading and averages. As a new insulin user I find that kind of assistance very helpful. Thank you for your insight into this new meter and what it is capable to do for me. I presume that you have all of the above you mention?

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