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BG testing meter accuracy and what kind do you use ?


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Old 07-01-2018, 03:54   #1
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Default BG testing meter accuracy and what kind do you use ?

One time I tested the same drop twice when a finger stick made a big drop and the 2 tests were off by 12 points.

Another time I was having what felt like a 50s yellow spot shaky low but scored a 72. Now I know why but I suspected that 72 was wrong. I am still new at this.

I have a True Track and my spare I never use and forgot what kind.

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I have a ReLion Premier that I have just started using, and a ReLion Prime for a backup. I got the Premier so I could use the bluetooth feature that comes with it.

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I am still new at this.
As were all of us at one time!

My meter can connect to my computer and upload the results. But, early on, I had so many "oops" and "that can't be rights" that I didn't bother uploading the numbers. My most accurate readings were typed in rather than skew my averages with my mistakes. I'm still in the habit of typing in the numbers; I like my spreadsheet better than the meter manufacturer's software anyway (though it's pretty good).

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I use a Next Contour meter and strips - no problems except during the winter months when my house is sometimes too cool for the meter to work properly.

We heat our home in the winter with wood heat so it can get quite cold in the mornings.

Not a problem, this time of year however.

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You'll never get the same reading twice, even from the same drop of blood. Because of this, I don't retest unless the reading is way off... in which case I blame it on a bad strip (which doesn't happen all that often, though).

I have a Bayer Contour Next meter, which I think reads a bit on the low side. I used to use Relion Prime, which was on the high side.

No meter is going to be 100% accurate, and can vary +/- 10%-20%. (I've read that the lower the BG the more accurate is the reading.) But they are still a good tool and can definitely tell one if one's overall range is good (or not) and if a certain food caused a spike - or if the low feeling is caused by a real hypo or just from BG coming down rapidly.

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I use a True Metrix which I purchased when the company that made my old meter, stopped selling test strips and meters. I always have chose my meters by how much I have to pay for the test strips. I buy 500-600 test strips at a time to get the best price and to support my testing at 5-8 times per day. In that way I have strips for 3-4 months.


Early on I was concerned about accuracy, but I learned in time that all meters and strips vary to some degree. That is why I target to keep my 'high' target reading at 120 vs. 140 (where your BS reading actually starts to damage cells in the body). In that way I offset the potential variance in my meter by targeting a lower BS goal!

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I used a Freestyle Lite made by Abbott that was provided by my physician 5 years ago when I was just diagnosed as a Type 2. Seems to be fairly accurate; I test at least once a day. On the days that I test and go to our local hospital for a community free glucose, BP and lipid check it seems the number they get is within a couple of points from mine. Would be nice to be able to just plug and capture the data; but the IT Project Manager "geek" in me created my own Excel spreadsheet to track this and all other pertinent information. I even have a few charts tracking my monthly blood pressure decrease over time while on keto. I gave a print out of this to my physician last year and he stood there with his mouth open... it was priceless.

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I gave a print out of this to my physician last year and he stood there with his mouth open... it was priceless.
I don't think most doctors are used to that level of engagement from their patients. I made a similar spreadsheet for my BG, with a separate chart showing trends in my FBG, and my doctor was agog. And my predicted A1c based on my documented tests was bang on the money.

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