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ReliOn : Not worth it at any price?

I use the ReliOn Confirm glucose meter.

about half of this new box read way high which can not be tolerated if you are trying to control your blood sugar.

this box ReliOn 144 mg/dl

new box just opened ReliOn 129 mg/dl

Walmart SideKick 112 mg/dl

ACCU-Chek 131 mg/dl

all on same finger within 5 minutes of each other

i just don't know any more, is there a meter that i can dare to inject inject insulin using it's readings?

00:20 ReliOn 144 mg/dl, 129 ReliOn 129 mg/dl, SideKick 112 mg/dl, ACCU-Chek 131, same finger

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You will get those results using any meter.

Meters are 20% inaccurate, blood is not homogeneous the BG is different all the time in every place.

Pick a meter and use it. yes you can use a meter for insulin If you want to lower your BG by 40 Pts you will be from 104 (by the reliOn meter) to 70 (72 by the sidekick) all good numbers.
 

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ReliOn : Not worth it at any price?

I use the ReliOn Confirm glucose meter.

about half of this new box read way high which can not be tolerated if you are trying to control your blood sugar.

this box ReliOn 144 mg/dl

new box just opened ReliOn 129 mg/dl

Walmart SideKick 112 mg/dl

ACCU-Chek 131 mg/dl


all on same finger within 5 minutes of each other

i just don't know any more, is there a meter that i can dare to inject inject insulin using it's readings?

00:20 ReliOn 144 mg/dl, 129 ReliOn 129 mg/dl, SideKick 112 mg/dl, ACCU-Chek 131, same finger

ColaJim
I have not used the Relion Confirm meters but I have used the Relion Ultima meters and they work just fine. Meters are not required to be accurate by the FDA. In fact they can be as much as 20% off. The thing is to pick one meter and stick with it.
 

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Jim - Last year I was on a cost cutting mission and tried Relion strips and meter. At lower BG #'s the difference between Relion and One Touch was consistently within a tolerable range, but at #'s over about 180 the difference was so vast that I could not calculate a bolus (for some tests it was as much as 50 points!). Wish I'd kept those numbers somewhere.

I went back to my trusty One Touch(es). I've not had any difficulty with meal or correction boluses no matter which of my many :p OT meters I use as the basis.

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Heck, I get that much discrepancy between a One Touch Ultra and an Accuchek Aviva!

Just depend on RELATIVE numbers, within one meter, and save your money and blood! :D
 

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I have not used the Relion Confirm meters but I have used the Relion Ultima meters and they work just fine. Meters are not required to be accurate by the FDA. In fact they can be as much as 20% off. The thing is to pick one meter and stick with it.
Your readings that you provide are all within the 20% range required by the FDA. I know this bothers you. But your blood sugars are not constant and will change even if you checked every second of the day on the same finger. If I were you, I would pick a meter that you are comfortable with and stick with that. Also when you say Relion meter you don't say which Relion Meter. There are several Relion Meters. I like the Relion Ultima but have not tried the other meters like the Relion Confirm or the
Relion Micro so I can't speak to those, but the Relion Ultima which is really a Precision Extra is a very good meter. Just for cause, I use to do the same thing you are doing when I was new to this, but finally decided it is not worth it. I hope you are able to find a meter you like and are comfortable with and then just stick with that meter. Wishing you the best.
 

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Jim, pick a meter and use it consistantly. Using different meters and checking and re-checking your blood sugar over and over again will keep you guessing about which reading you want to use. The only time that I re-check is if I get a reading that seems out of line. If I test below 35, I am going to re-check and if I am above 250, I will retest.
 

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100 Accu-Chek Aviva Diabetic Test Strips EXP 10/31/2010

well i trust Accu-Chek Aviva Diabetic Test Strips more than ReliOn so i bought:
100 Accu-Chek Aviva Diabetic Test Strips EXP 10/31/2010 @ $19.99...
that's half the price of ReliOn. they arrive today.

but being i was already on eBay i bought a total of 1150 Accu-Chek Aviva Diabetic Test Strips with dates up to 2012 for a total of $280....
that's one reason i usually stay away from eBay, i love to bid.

right now this is working for me:
inject basal Humulin N 13 IU, take metformin 500mg, three times a day

this morning i got:

19:40 80 ReliOn 80 mg/dl

October 20

02:20 woke up

02:25 90 ReliOn 90 mg/dl

02:29 22:00 inject basal Humulin N 13 IU, take metformin 500mg,

03:43 89 ReliOn 89 mg/dl

so i "neutralized" the DP ??

at "inject basal Humulin N 14 IU" i was getting about a 7 mg/dl drop per hour at night which was scary to me

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Oh my, Jim . . . whatever shall we do with you? :D :D :D I avoid auctions myself . . . I can be counted on to "forget" what my limit is when the bidding gets going furiously! :eek: But darn! I've gotten some really good deals at auctions too! :rolleyes:
 

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what? i can't even believe in Aviva!

what? i can't even believe in Aviva!

21:20 134, 85, 85 Aviva 85 mg/dl

damn!
 

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Guess I'm stupid, but I just recently realized I needed to wash my hands before checking my B/G levels. (Even if I thought they were clean.) I can't believe I've gotten away with this for so many years. Of course this may account for some of the low blood sugars I get a couple of times a week or so.

Does anyone know what foods or whatever can affect the readings (higher or lower). All mine have appeared higher. If mine is over 225 or so, I wash my hands & recheck.

Thank you,
WhyMeWorry
 

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I use the sidekick from wallyworld. It comes with a check solution and has never benn more than 5% off the mark.
 

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I have the oppsite problem with mine

I also use the relion confirm meter

and it seems to read low

I just went last month for my last set of #S and I wanted to compare the lab to the meter

I tested just before I went into the clinic and got 92

then the lab 124!!!!!

I tested again as soon as I got to the car and got 97

needless to say I was very upset

Im this on my own--no meds

and yet the a1c was 5.8

this was way too confusing:eek:

just thought Id add my .02 worth
 

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Your A1c computes to an average BG of 119.75 . . . and none of these numbers are exact, in that they can't be repeated. They're just a snapshot of that exact instant.

I usually test myself in the lab while the tech is drawing blood, making it as near the exact time as possible, but remember too, that our meter tests use capillary blood, and the lab is using venous blood.

I also use the relion confirm meter

and it seems to read low

I just went last month for my last set of #S and I wanted to compare the lab to the meter

I tested just before I went into the clinic and got 92

then the lab 124!!!!!

I tested again as soon as I got to the car and got 97

needless to say I was very upset

Im this on my own--no meds

and yet the a1c was 5.8

this was way too confusing:eek:

just thought Id add my .02 worth
 

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gee I thought an a1c of 5.8 was pretty good

what does this 119.75 mean

this is still way too confusing

also what is the difference in the 2 bloods you mentioned shanny

do these #S make any sense to you

they really dont to me!!!

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gee I thought an a1c of 5.8 was pretty good - what does this 119.75 mean
An A1c of 5.8 IS good - all I'm giving you is how it averages out. Since an A1c number is a an average number of what our blood shows over the last three months, there is a formula for figuring what that average is, and your 5.8 A1c averages out to 119.75 The formula is eAG(mg/dl) = (28.7 X HbA1c) – 46.7

also what is the difference in the 2 bloods you mentioned shanny
When we prick our fingertips to obtain a bead of blood to test, it yields capillary blood, those are the tiny vessels that spread out through all the tissues. Veins and arteries are larger blood vessels and buried deeper in, so when the technician draws blood from your arm, they go deeper, they are getting venous blood.
 
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