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Old 03-07-2014, 15:47   #11
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Yes, this whole matter of meter inconsistency has been driving me crazy. For three months my fasting appeared to be rising, ending up in the 120s and 130s. Since I'm only pre-diabetic, I needed to know if I was crossing the line. I changed strips, I changed batteries, I changed meters. Now I'm still confused.

At one point, the new meters were showing such low fasting numbers (90s) that I thought maybe I wasn't really even pre-diabetic after all. Then I cheated and even the lower-reading meters went in the undeniably diabetic range.

My fasting this morning, if you believe my new Contour USB, was 84. And it was 76 before I went to bed! Do I believe those numbers? I'll wait and see how the next cheat goes.

I called the manufacturer because I couldn't figure out how to do something and learned that this is the old model of the meter and I could get a new model for free, which, of course, I accepted , so, in a couple of days, I'm going to confuse myself even more.

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Hmmmm. I wonder if this is the answer. I just came across this link:

Plasma Glucose Meters and Whole Blood Meters | Joslin Diabetes Center

I'm going to go figure out what my meters measure.

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If I remember correctly, meters have been set up to show numbers that are plasma numbers calculated from the whole blood samples for a while now.

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Darn. Thought that was the answer to the mystery.

I was thinking of lining up all my meters and testing them all fasting, at the same time, the next time my husband goes away on business. (If I do it while he's home, I'm sure he'll have me committed!) Maybe instead I'll just use the cake test: If 2 tablespoons of cake with frosting push me over 200, then the meter isn't stuck in low.

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I couldn't be trusted alone with the cake!

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I've heard people testing liquids with their meters. You could mix some sugar in water, then test all the meters at the same time. One thing about this method is that it would be more consistent than blood. But be sure you don't overdo sugar - otherwise all the meters will test "HI"

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Yeah, I've done that test of diet coke and real Coke at a restaurant, but not with this meter. Diet reads LO and regular reads HI! Great party trick (if you don't mind wasting two strips.) Also probably very important if you can't tell the difference.

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Hubby's not home yet, so I did a post-prandial test of all the meters I have strips for. Here are the results, in order of increasing numbers.

03/07/14 9:57 pm
82 True2Go
85 Nova Max
86 Freestyle Flash (out-of-date strips, though)
89 Contour USB
105 Relion Prime

I'm hoping that the Contour Next USB arrives soon so I can play this game again

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But they are all within the allowed [email protected]% it seems to me. What is the point? We don't usually look so much for numbers but trends in them. Which is why I stick to the same usually.




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From a personal standpoint, the only advantage that I can see with testing a few meters against each other is to determine that they are all within the acceptable margin of error. I have a habit of buying the cheapest strips that I can find. Sometimes that means buying Prime strips, other times I am able to buy 10 vials of 2GO or Nano strips for less than Prime strips, when I find them online. I test a lot and my blood sugar still has a tendency to become unstable easily, so I keep my testing requirements high.

Because we run things tight with money, whenever I am getting low on strips, I start searching for the cheapest that's currently available and then buy several vials.

My meters have been tested against each other many times, and because they have, I don't have to worry that whichever one I am using would be faulty. While I am currently using the Prime and my Nano (for my required 1/2 the week that I have to use my doctor's Nano), I see that one of the places I buy from is running a sale on Advantage strips, so that might be the supply I buy next. While I admit it may not be ideal, at least I know that the meters are reliable when tested against each other (as Mara did, above).

Call it the tightwad in me - I always go with the deal.

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