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Old 01-07-2018, 15:14   #1
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I woke up in the middle of the night really hungry, kind of weak. Took my BG (Contour) on my right hand - 159. Then retook it on my left hand-104. Why is there such a difference?

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Glucometer readings can be affected by many things: cleanliness of your fingers (including the ones you used to put the test strip in the meter [if that's how the Contour works]), size of the blood sample (my meter tends to run high if the sample is incomplete), which part of the body is poked, a defective test strip, allowable tolerances within manufacture (glucometers can be as much as 15% off from the accurate BG level), cleanliness of the lancet, blood circulation within your body that is not "even",...

When I get readings that disparate, I take a third reading to find out which one is more accurate and I go with that one.

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Blood is not homogeneous. Some bits have more glucose in them than others. Coupled with other variables, that could explain the variance.

Like Steve said - I'd do another test.

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Blood is not homogeneous. Some bits have more glucose in them than others. Coupled with other variables, that could explain the variance.

Like Steve said - I'd do another test.


I did another test on my right hand. It is 92. Kind of scary to have a 159 reading because my glucometer was 20 points lower than the hospital.


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I did another test on my right hand. It is 92. Kind of scary to have a 159 reading because my glucometer was 20 points lower than the hospital.


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its possible your device is broken. I would either test a person that does not have diabetes in each hand or buy a new device if you can afford it.

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If you contact the mfg. and tell them you've lost confidence in the meter, they will most likely send you a replacement.

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I woke up in the middle of the night really hungry, kind of weak. Took my BG (Contour) on my right hand - 159. Then retook it on my left hand-104. Why is there such a difference?
You washed/rinsed both hands well before testing and could see what your fingers touched to ensure not contaminating prior to testing? Not wanting to assume that waking up in the middle of the night habits might not deviate from normal habits.

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You washed/rinsed both hands well before testing and could see what your fingers touched to ensure not contaminating prior to testing? Not wanting to assume that waking up in the middle of the night habits might not deviate from normal habits.


Yes, I made sure my hands were clean. I hadnít washed my hands before the first reading. After washing, changing the lancet, the reading went down.


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