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I am brand new to this forum and this is my first post. I was diagnosed almost two years ago and have generally had good luck managing my diabetes. The first indication I had that there was a problem was that I lost about 25 pounds without dieting over a period of about a year. During that time I was eating like a horse and constantly drinking fluids. By the time I went to the doctor I was already convinced that I was a candidate for diabetes. My initial test reading came back from the lab at 365. The doctor started me on medication and over a period of three months or so my readings became pretty steady in the 110-120 range. I have several food allergies so the adjustment of diet was nothing new to me.

Here's my question; I have noticed that there seems to be a definite difference in my readings based on the test strip code. Specifically, when I use test strips with the code number of 25, my readings elevate by 20 to 25 points. I know that I am coding my meter correctly and I verify each day that it is correct. When I use test strips with the code of 4 or 14 my readings return to the 110 to 120 range. Is this a common problem? I am considering asking the pharmacy to stop giving me strips that are code 25. I have read on this forum that some folks suggest changing your meter every year or so; with the exception that you may have a defective meter, why is this suggested?

Thanks for your comments, JR
 

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I talked to my pharmacy today and they suggested I call the 800 number listed on my meter and explain the problem. They also said they have no way of checking the test strip code number without opening the box which they do not want to do. I'll make the call tomorrow and let you know what I learn.

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I called the 800 number provided on my meter this morning. They asked several questions and are going to send me a new meter, some testing solution (something I was not aware of before yesterday and have not had up to now), and some new test strips. I found their agent to be helpful and very co-operative.

I also learned that the test strips they offer in the near future will probably exclusively be code number 25. Apparently this is a new design strip they are implementing in an effort to avoid requiring users to code their meters as often. If this change does not put my readings back in the 110 to 120 range it will be time to either change testing equipment or see the doctor, or both.

I'll keep you posted.

Thanks, JR
 
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