blood glucose meters

Pudley Ann
By Pudley Ann Latest Reply 2012-02-05 17:52:31 -0600
Started 2012-02-02 11:18:38 -0600

I use the ultra Touch meter and find that when I take 3 tests in succession, they vary by as much as 20 points. This was at fasting this morning. Is this normal for this meters ??? I am always concerned that my meter is "off" and my readings are not what they should be. Thanks Sandee


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jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-02-02 13:43:34 -0600 Report

Howdy Sandee! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! Sorry you qualify for inclusion in out "little" club, but since you do I am glad you are here.

Sandee, I used to use a one touch ultra meter too. I also used it for my late wife. One of the things one has to realize is that according to the FDA the acceptable range of operation is 10% on either side of dead-on accurate. Meters are not always deat-on accurate. It is something we need to get used to. I look at a BG reading as an indication of how I am doing. I am more concerned about what my Blood Glucose (BG) numbers are doing rather than the accuracy of my meter. I look for trends in my BG numbers. Are they trending up? or are they holding steady?

That's what I am more concerned about.

I will myself re-test if I get a reading which is higher than I expected. Sometimes I poke my finger without having washed them. And it seems at those times I have a higher reading than I would have expected. I go wash them and dry them and retest. It will usually bring my BG levels down to a more expected level. They won't always be where I'd like to see them but they will often be close.

Blessings to you and yours Sandee

James

Pudley Ann
Pudley Ann 2012-02-02 18:00:46 -0600 Report

Hey James - thanks for your reply on the meter. I feel better after reading about just thinking about which way my readings are going rather than the numbers. I'm newly diagnosed and it's a lot to digest. This "liittle" club will be a big help to me, I believe.
Sandee

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