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Old 03-24-2015, 15:45   #1
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If there is already a thread going about this please redirect me. I was wondering what meters people in the USA are using and find to be reliable. I'm reading Dr. Bernsteins book and he says to do 3-4 consecutive tests. Well this morning I did 3 and got 133mg/dL, 81 and 128 within 6 minutes. (Had to open a new pkg of strips) That seems way unlikely that my actual bg would fluctuate like that with nothing to eat or drink since last night. So now I'm wondering if some of the unexpected readings were the meter and not my actual bg. It's a reliOn Prime from Walmart. So before I go spend any more money I'd like to know what is working for others. Money matters-I'm on Social Security and Medicare. Thank you.

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seems way unlikely that my actual bg would fluctuate like
Well, it actually can fluctuate that much. Blood is not a homogonous liquid. It is a loose mixture of many things. The amount of glucose in one bit of blood can be different in another bit. I'm not sure why Dr. B recommends consecutive tests, but doing that on a regular basis is a sure way to drive one crazy. However, if you are on insulin, then perhaps it is beneficial to take an average of the readings (don't know 'cause I don't take insulin).

Added: if you're a T2 and not on insulin, three tests at one time IS excessive and not really needed.

All meters, no matter the brand, have an error rate of 20%, which mean's there's really no 100% accuracy. Some seem to read a bit high, some a bit low. The best advice is to stick with one meter and get used to how your BG reads with it.

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I use the Relion Prime also. Compared with another meter I used, Freestyle Lite, it reads 10-15pts higher. But, then, the Freestyle Lite could have been reading a bit on the low side. I'm staying with the Relion Prime with the understanding that a 120 reading could actually be 115 or 110.

It's the trends that are important and it does the job.

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MaJoie,

Sorry but I suspect that those numbers are possibly the result of strip contamination. You mention changing the packet of strips? Where were your strips stored?

Strips are very sensitive to damp and contamination. For instance, don't store them in the bathroom or the garage. Keep the box firmly closed except when you need to take ONE strip out. Don't tip them onto the table to make it easy. Back in hospital, the nurse teaching me to use the meter stressed that if the strips were tipped onto the table - they were to be discarded! Now, she was speaking French - and I wasn't at my best, so the fact that she had to work at it to make sure I had the message tells you something .

Your hands - absolutely clean and dry - vital. A tiny speck of dirt - you'll get a high reading. A drop of moisture, it goes low!

Meters are allowed a tolerance of 20%. So your two readings of 128 and 133 are equivalent. Your 81, doubtful and I'd vote wet hand just after washing?

I'll let the American members comment on 'best' meter but I wouldn't be too quick to condemn the Relion.

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I use a Bayer Contour Next USB, and don't worry about it.

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I use the One Touch Ultra. Mainly you want to look for trends like usual dinner times getting better or worse, or if a certain food is very good or very bad. I don't think any of them are going to give you a 100% spot on reading. It's really not critical to be off a few points...please don't stress over a few points Stress will make your numbers go higher, so relax and just check to see how your numbers start going down with your shiny new LC/HF way of eating

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Thank you all. I know they are not 100% accurate. I would not have thought anything of 133-128. it was the 81 in the middle that knocked me for a loop. I have had the exact same meal-leftovers from the previous- and gotten very different numbers. I've had an occasional reading in the 80s and some unexpected higher readings-like 159 when I had eaten only 2 stalks of celery hearts with less than a TBS of peanut butter on each. This is the kind that is only peanuts and salt so no other carbs. I know the supermarket kinds have added sugars and synthetic fats. I was already avoiding them when I started this adventure. I am still in the beginning phases of learning to eat to the meter. so inconsistent readings are confusing.

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John-In-France: The strips were bought a couple of days ago and are in the room where I sleep at my parents home. I bought several pkgs because I am testing frequently while I learn how to eat to the meter. I am very careful about taking only 1 strip out and putting it in the meter. The first 131 and third 128 were 6 minutes apart because I had to open the box and unseal the vial. The 81 was in the middle-my hands didn't change between taking one strip out of the machine and putting the next one in. I wasn't sweaty or anything. I'm type 2 and not using insulin at this point. My trends have been good except for a few surprises, so I'm generally pleased with this low carb-high fat way of eating. And I'm losing weight pretty steadily which I need to do as well.

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There are a lot of us that have done just fine with a certain meal and got (surprisingly) good numbers but after trying to eat that same meal on another occasion bam! Over the top reading. Sometimes it's a matter of timing. Just check before a meal so you have a starting point, then 1 hour after the 1st bite and then 2 hours after the 1st bite. At least till you start to become more familiar with your foods. That way you will know if a food actually spikes you (40 or more points over your starting number).

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I use the Prime and also have a Relion micro and since I'm rather casual about the readings being accurate, they both work for me. Also, the strips are cheaper.




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