By elaine52 Latest Reply 2013-04-07 12:35:00 -0500
Started 2013-04-05 11:53:20 -0500

What have you found to be the best monitor for you? And how accurate is testing in an alternate site, such as your arm?

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old biker
old biker 2013-04-07 12:35:00 -0500 Report

tests from your finger tips show changes in your BG level faster then alternative sites. This is important to remember if you are checking for a low

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-06 16:05:16 -0500 Report

I have an Accu-Check compact plus and the Bayer USB, I can use either. You have to find one that works for you and you are comfortable using. I talked to my doctor about alternate site testing. He told me I couldn't do that until my numbers were under control. When he finally said I could do it, I never really noticed much of a difference between my arm and my finger. I only worry about numbers if the are higher/lower than the normal I have set for myself.

Gwen214 2013-04-06 06:42:04 -0500 Report

I'm liking my Countor next link. I initially started with Accucheck back in '86, then used one touch throughout my 20' and 30's not too bad. I like the Countour because no batteries and it takes less blood, and the machine itself is tiny. It looks like a jump drive. I've never taken blood glucose test on my arm…why would you?

jayabee52 2013-04-06 10:16:13 -0500 Report


My late wife Jem wanted to use the alternative testing site because she had to poke her finger so often that her fingers were getting sore, and being blind she read braille for which she needed her fingers. We tried the alt site testing for a while but abandoned it after a while, but I don't remember why.


vmdave 2013-04-05 20:14:53 -0500 Report

I like the accu-chek compact plus. It is big because everything is stored in the device. The soft click lancing device is the most pain free I have ever used. When you check in alternative location factor in an extra charge half hour. For example if you test 2 hours after meals then do it at 2 and a half hours using an alternative to site otherwise your reading will be higher.

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