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Old 10-30-2017, 01:34   #1
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Can anyone recommend a good blood sugar meter. I find that my Walgreen's meter is not very accurate. Multiple readings in a row differ wildly.

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How long have you had the meter? I used a Relion that eventually wasn't so accurate. Turned out it needed a new battery. The Relion does read higher than some, but it is consistent in its readings so one can mentally deduct a few points.

No meter will show the same level with multiple testing. BG concentration isn't that consistent - so one drop of blood may have more or less glucose than another drop.

I have since changed to a Contour next EZ, which runs lower overall than the Relion and is, I think, a more accurate level. It's not particularly any "better" though. Most meters' readings vary in the overall level. What you want is consistency at that level so you can track trends.

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I have to say the numbers I got with my Target meter have turned out to be spot-on with my doctor's numbers after several hundreds "pokes". Target no longer has their own pharmacy departments -- they lease them to CVS. But CVSes (in Target and free-standing) carry similar meters. They're all made by a company called AgaMatrix and they sell them direct and through several on-line retailers.

Here's a recent article on the Internet about meter accuracy that I thought was valuable to read.

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I would contact the manufacturer FIRST and report this. You might get a new, more accurate meter. Lots of people report good and consistent results with the new generic meters. My BIL uses the same one you do and he gets good consistent results (VA doesn't give him enough strips).

Bayer Contour is another option. Pretty accurate and you can buy the strips from Ebay or Amazon for about $25/100 which is a couple dollars more than my Medicare co-pay.

Accucheck is the most accurate but also the most expensive. I recommend only if you are on insulin and then, only if you can afford them.

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Here is the latest test of 18 meters...Bayer Contour came in 1st, with Accu-Chek 2nd:
New Accuracy Data on 18 Meters

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This report (see above) is kindof aggravating and only of reasonable use as they are using meters that were made under 4 year old requirements (meet 20% accuracy) and new requirements (15% accuracy). Of course the older meters aren't going to pass. Prior to the new requirement, Accucheck was the only one accurate within 15%. If nothing else, people who care to read this stuff in the first place may not be aware that their meter is less accurate than the current standard. Heck, it may not matter to them unless they are on insulin. On the other hand, paying for strips for an inaccurate meter would annoy me.

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@Bunjee, although I agree with a lot of your assertions, I find it problematic to be aggravated by current factual information. I really don't understand the attitude. Either information is ignorable or useful. Why be aggravated by it. Just me, although I can be a crotchety, eccentric, grouchy old senior at times.

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Skypeace, I have no problem with the DATA. That's just fine. I have a problem with the presentation. The average diabetic is going to look at the table and see that True Result and True Track were failures. There is no mention that these meters were being replaced by True Metrix. I get that the new meter was probably not available to them during their study, but that doesn't stop them from mentioning this in their paper or the article.

"While all of these meters received FDA clearance at some point" doesn't mention that most of these meters actually met the manufacturing standard until Jan 1, 2017. Why not mention the standard changed recently? Only the 3 below 80% did not meet the standard that was in place for the previous 4-5 years. That's why I'm aggravated.

If this article manages to get Medicare to tell the mail order companies that they cannot keep offering them crap meters, I'm all for it. Clearly, the needs of a lot of diabetics are not met if they can't manage to reach the 80% standard.

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@Bunjee, point well given and received.

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