How often do you check your BG meter

By luked Latest Reply 2015-02-01 19:34:18 -0600
Started 2012-10-22 10:12:47 -0500

Remember to check your meter often!

I had a bit of a scare yesterday with my BG level… for past few monthswith the help of exercising, well monitored diet, and diabetic medication, I've been keeping my BG fairly well controlled (generally <100). Then, all of a sudden, I was hitting 140-150 all day yesterday, without any change to my diet. At first I thought it might have something do with my recent stress/lack of sleep. Then I got the idea of checking my BG meter with the control solution I bought awhile ago - sure enough, it was out of the expected range (over by at least 40-50). Turned out the problem was with a new box of testing strips I was using. When I switched to a different box, everything was back to normal.

So make sure you check your meters when something doesn't look quite right. It could be dangerous - I could have gone hypo last night because after seeing those numbers, I decided to skip on carbs at dinner.

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5 replies

Caroltoo 2013-01-13 14:01:22 -0600 Report

Do you have a meter which needs to be coded for the new box of test strips? If you do and didn't recode, your strips may be ok. Another thing to check is the expiration date on the strips. Old strips can give really incorrest readings also.

ShellyLargent 2012-10-22 17:23:12 -0500 Report

I do a check on mine abut once a month, usually when I get my new batch of strips from the pharmacy… Since that's the time when they're out of *my* control, I just want to make sure the pharmacy is storing and handling them correctly. I also want to make sure my meter is accurate since it's intergrated into my omni pod controls. Don't want to over or under dose based off a faulty reading!

GabbyPA 2012-10-22 13:26:17 -0500 Report

This is great advice. I have one that doesn't use control solution, but I check it with my doctor's when I visit. Just to make sure it is in the same range. But if you have the control solution, that is a very smart way to check. I had never done it mid stream in a box of strips before.

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