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Old 02-02-2018, 01:07   #11
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boymama, this is a topic that comes up every few months here; searching for the phrase best meter will bring up threads on that topic for you.

My take on meter accuracy, though, is that meters are required by law to be accurate at a certain level and that there are many factors which can affect a good reading. So a meter that's maybe even a couple percentage points more accurate than another model doesn't make a real difference in how you use it. If your blood glucose after two hours is 124 on one meter and 118 on another, will you really handle that differently?

So you can choose a meter on other criteria, like who's paying for it (or for the strips, which will cost many times more than the meter over its lifetime), size, readability of the screen, ability to tie into a computer/phone, and so on -- whatever's best for you.

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Meters have tight accuracy standards in that 95% of the data must be within 10% of the reference method, and almost 100% of the data must be within 15% of the method -- again to assure minimal outliers. Its particularly critical as a type 1 because 15% glucose reading for 50 is 7 points (variance between 43 - 57 can be significant.

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i like how you are testing several times just for 1 meal but your doctor probably will only care about 2 readings, 1 - your fasting or premeal glucose, and 2 - your number 2 hours after you've eaten.

personally, i like to go looking for the spike. it gives me an idea about how well my food choices are.

once I get to know how my body responds to a specific meal, I'd skip the extra tests. just ask yourself if you have a reason to test extra, if you don't then don't test.

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Hi Boymama,

I'm 62 years old. As it turns out, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes one year ago. My diabetes is called, "LADA," which means Latent Autoimmune Disease in Adults. It's a slowly progressing form of juvenile diabetes. In LADA, the progression is slower then in children. It took me one year to progress to the point where I now administer insulin for my meals (fast acting) as well as administer for my daily needs (slow acting). In recent weeks, I've gone from one shot per day to four or five.

I'm so thankful for insulin!

I use the meter, Verio Flex, "One-touch." It has a Bluetooth that transfers data to my smart phone. I can then write diary notes on my phone to address what I've eaten or when I've given insulin, etc. It's a system that let's me capture notes and such.

My diabetes came on somewhat suddenly and I associate it to stress. Not that I'm correct, just the dots I connect.

There is nobody in my family tree (looking up) with diabetes. Wife and I have a 25 year old daughter and she's had type 1 for 14 years. We also have son who's 27 and he got it last year - just like his Dad!

So, for me and my children, we got it!

I knew when I lost weight and my eyesight went bad. At that moment, my fasting blood sugar was 350 or better and my A1C was 11.

It's pretty serious stuff! Again, let's all be thankful for insulin!

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I thought I would update you all. My GI doctor ordered some blood work and an abdominal CT with contrast. Bloodwork was all normal but CT results showed an enlarged pancreas. She ordered more blood work and referred me to our university medical center for an endoscopic ultrasound to better visualize and biopsy my pancreas. I am not a big drinker but could have some type of pancreatitis or some worse but am hopeful if it is the worst, it is early since there were no other findings on CT except slightly larger pancreas than after the pancreas procedure I had in 2009. They thought it appeared large and did have something to compare it to since I had to have the ERCP's after my gall bladder surgery in May of 09. This could be causing my glucose intolerance but we will see. Praying whatever it is , it is something easily treatable. Thanks again for your input...will let you know results of endoscopic ultrasound but it could be a while to get in to the specialists that do them

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Our prayers will be with you that it is easily treatable, especially caught early. Please do keep us posted.

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Boymamma, you mentioned your blood results were normal. Do you recall if tests included amylase and lipase enzyme levels?

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Thanks for the update, boymama. Please keep us posted after the next doctor's visit.

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boymama, sending well wishes and prayers for positive results. Please keep us posted.

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