Blood Glucose Meters

By genniedevera Latest Reply 2013-07-12 11:08:58 -0500
Started 2013-07-08 17:58:56 -0500

How do we know when we need to change our meter? Checked my sugar after lunch, it wad a bit high so I decided to check 30 minutes later. Instead of decreasing it went up 10 points. Checked the other hand, it was 1 pt higher. Of course, I was getting freaked out, I've never seen it increase after lunch before. 10 minutes later, checked again and it went down…but now, it's up again?!? Pls help!

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Lightscribbler 2013-07-11 07:08:54 -0500 Report

After I started testing, I found that it would fluctuate about 5 - 10 points up and down one after the other. I freaked out and called the Nurse who gave me the meter and showed me how to use it. He said that there was nothing to worry about and that the meters would show slight variants in the results even if you were to do them within minutes of each other.

meskin 2013-07-10 09:35:10 -0500 Report

There are some meters that come with a test drops so you can see if your meter is reading right. if not i would just go buy a new one but you can get one for free online if you do a survy.

Young1s 2013-07-09 23:30:49 -0500 Report

Hello Genniedevera. Trust me when I say, no two meters are the same. As Gabby said, it's the variations. I have 3 (OneTouch, Freestyle and Reli On). They all work fine, but if you use them one after another, none of them will sinc up as far as the numbers are concerned. The key is to pick the meter that works best for you and go by those numbers. With any of them, a high is a high and a low is a low. It's just a matter of maintenance, not meter. So for me, I started out with and changed from OneTouch, cause my insurance wouldn't cover the strips and they were costing me anywhere from $25-35 a vial, out of pocket. Then I went to Freestyle, insurance covered, but they would only allow for 4 times daily of testing, when I preferred 6 times. I then went to buying my own (out of pocket agian) to Reli On, the least expensive of strips, about $9 a vial, but financial circumstances didn't allow for that too long. Now I'm back with Freestyle, and have learned to test less frequently and I'm okay with that. The important part is that I'm testing. The other thing is, 30-40 minutes may not be enough to judge your numbers accurately. My doctor said to me a while back that the body needs about 1 1/2 hours to digest and understand what the food I've ingested is doing to my levels. May be something similar is happening to you as well.

genniedevera 2013-07-10 21:20:11 -0500 Report

Thank you Young1s…ill call my insurance tomorrow to check which meter is covered. I'm afraid to check my bs now, I've not seen my numbers get that high in awhile and for it to keep going up really scared me…

GabbyPA 2013-07-08 19:29:47 -0500 Report

Meters have an allowance of "variation" of nearly 20% as being acceptable. That could just be the slight changes you had in your testing. So many variables are there in testing. Even if you test from the exact same spot one strip right after the other, you will have a difference.

The fact that it went up after your first test could be that your rise had not hit peak yet. To know when you generally hit peak, it's is recommended to eat a meal, test every 30 minutes for 2 hours or until your numbers start to drop. Some people peak at different times and if you have a meal that is high in carbs and low in other helpful things such as protein or fiber, you may peak really fast and come down fast.

It takes experimenting to find where you are at. And once you think you have it, it changes. LOL

So if your meter is just a year old, it may just be that you need to not test so often after you eat and like misspearl said...don't freak out.

01misspearl 2013-07-08 18:40:05 -0500 Report

Don't freak out it will rise your levels have you used the control solution with your test stripes to make sure they are reading in the numbers on the bottom. How old is your meter

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