Glucose Meter Question

Go Back   The Diabetes Forum Support Community For Diabetics Online > Diabetes Forum Community > Family and Friends of Diabetics

Family and Friends of Diabetics This new section is for visitors of the site who have friends, family and people they care about living with Diabetes. Feel free to post your questions here for the Diabetes Forum community. Please do also share your experience and advice about living with Diabetes through others.


Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Shanny

Glucose Meter Question


Closed Thread
 
Shared Thread Thread Tools
Old 11-08-2014, 16:54   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 1

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2000

Default Glucose Meter Question

My brother (16 years old) just got diagnosed and I wanted to find out about any problems associated with glucose meters. Is there a best kind to use? What should we look for in a meter? Is there any different method that we could use other than a meter? If anybody has any advice I would really appreciate it.

steve123 is offline  
Old 11-08-2014, 17:04   #2
Active Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 8,607


10903 likes received
1862 likes given
Default

Steve,

Since you are not yourself diabetic, I have moved your thread to our Family and Friends of Diabetics - The Diabetes Forum Support Community For Diabetics Online forum.

Meters are something that it is difficult to give absolutes on. The cost of the meter itself is only a small part of the issue. Meters use test strips that are one shot items and the cost of the strips rapidly dwarfs the cost of the meter.

However, there is no reasonable way to monitor blood sugar without one. When I was a boy, the only tool on offer was a urine test strip which gave a rough guide as to the amount of sugar you were passing into urine. Too rough and ready and more important, too late to be particularly useful.

Over where you are, your insurance should have some views on which meters they will fund and the number of strips they are prepared to make available. Usually, too few

Walmart offers a range of meters, the Relion brand that appears to be excellent value for money. Over where I am however, I don't have any personal experience of it but some of our US members will have a view.


Last edited by John.in.France; 11-08-2014 at 17:07.
John.in.France is offline  
Old 11-08-2014, 17:17   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: United States
Posts: 8,795

Member Type
Type Undiagnosed
Diagnosed in 2010

6333 likes received
12139 likes given
Default

Many of us have the Relion brand meters and like them. A meter only gives you a 20+ or - reading, even the best of them. So it's never an absolute. I like the cost of the strips compared to others and easy of getting them.

Good luck to you and your brother. Maybe he'll join us one day soon.




__________________

View Patdart's full Diabetes Forum profile here.
Patdart is offline  
 
Old 11-08-2014, 17:29   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 24,394

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2009

23930 likes received
32255 likes given
Default

Pat? Steve's brother is too young to join us here. 18 is the minimum age for membership.




Patdart likes this.
Shanny is offline  
Old 11-08-2014, 17:30   #5
Inactive Member
 
David Burke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 5,318

Member Type
Type Undiagnosed
Diagnosed in None

5321 likes received
Default

Hi Steve and welcome.

In my opinion, and that's all it is, when measuring glucose levels around a normal range, I'll say under 120 because that's my personal goal, most meters you'll see in the pharmacy are all pretty much the same. There are exceptions of course as they are electronic devices and each one can be wonky.

So the basic measuring capabilities of meters are all about the same, it's the extra whizz bangs that separate each meter. Some can download directly to your computer, some require cables. Some are USB port based and can store, download, and recharge thru the port.

As John mentioned the real cost is in the strips. Some can be over $60 per vial of 50 strips. So if your insurance doesn't provide adequate coverage using these can run up the cost at the register real quick.

Personally, I use the Walmart relion prime Meter. Since I look for trends as opposed to actual readings, for the most part anyway, this brand works for me. And the cost of strips, $9 per 50, makes it very affordable as I pay out of pocket.

Your brother will either work with his doctor/insurance to get a meter or can spend some time with a pharmacist discussing the pros and cons and determine one he likes.

Hope that helps some

Sent from my iPhone

David Burke is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best glucose meter ramesh Diabetes Treatment 56 07-06-2014 07:55
New Glucose Meter zeppo Diabetes 16 11-29-2013 05:55
The right glucose meter lupita Diabetes Medication and Supplies 32 11-30-2012 22:18
Glucose Meter mburrow1970 Diabetes Forum Lounge 8 11-17-2011 13:20

LEGAL NOTICE
By using this Website, you agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions (the "Terms"). This notice does not replace our Terms, which you must read in full as they contain important information. You must not post any defamatory, unlawful or undesirable content, or any content copied from a third party, on the Website. You must not copy material from the Website except in accordance with the Terms. This Website gives users an opportunity to share information only and is not intended to contain any advice which you should rely upon. It does not replace the need to take professional or other advice. We have no liability to you or any other person in respect of any content on this Website.


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 17:21.




Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.