High-Tech Glucose Monitoring

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-11-08 17:22:54 -0600
Started 2014-02-23 17:21:17 -0600

By WebMD
This is an interesting article on how far our meters have come in helping is to follow what our glucose levels are doing.

Things like apps, clouds, downloads, and sharing…it's amazing what they can do for you. I use a very simple one, but there are some that do so much.

What kind of meter do you use? What do you do with it? Do you use all the features it offers?

71 replies

Chopstix 2014-11-08 17:22:54 -0600 Report

I use the Freestyle Freedom Lite provided by the VA and test strips are $8 for three month supply. Wish the meter was bigger but so far I haven't dropped and lost it…

shorty1965 2014-03-04 10:45:35 -0600 Report

I have a contour next ex and the other contour that came out before that.once I get my numbers that's all I do with it.i did notice the meters give me 2 different numbers.

lanykins 2014-03-01 08:02:00 -0600 Report

I use One Touch Ultra 2. The results are steady and my A1C is 6. My endocrinologist hates all internal meters and won't give me one. I test 4 times a day.

TBears Forever
TBears Forever 2014-03-01 14:39:29 -0600 Report

But he or she should have the best interest of their patients in mind not their own likes or dislikes! Or am I off base here?

lanykins 2014-03-01 18:54:38 -0600 Report

No, you are not off base. I agree with you completely. This makes me angry but, unfortunately, he is the only endocrinologist in the area where I live. I don't drive so I must stay within 2 towns. I would really like to try an insulin pump since I must test 4 times a day and take 5 shots a day. It certainly must save time during the day. Thanks for your reply.

TBears Forever
TBears Forever 2014-02-28 12:09:17 -0600 Report

I use Freestyle Freedom Light BGM but have had different readings from the doctor's/lab blood tests. I do use the control solution test and it always says it is within the range. But I worry as to who is right? It seems the labs are always higher.

GabbyPA 2014-03-01 14:49:50 -0600 Report

You may want to check your meter when you are there at the office. If it is a lot off, you may need to check the age of your meter. Generally they last about 3-5 years. It could also be your test strips. They are geared to to have an acceptable variance of about 20%, which is a lot. It's just a guide.

lanykins 2014-03-01 08:06:10 -0600 Report

I used to use the Freestyle Light. It worked very well and I loved how little blood was required. I miss it a lot. Where I get my supplies doesn't carry it anymore.

mjhorgan 2014-02-27 18:36:06 -0600 Report

I have not been happy with the Minimed CGM. Maybe I should try the Dexcom if my insurance will cover it. The minimed CGM has been unreliable. The transmitter does not last long, it only has a 6 month warranty. You would think for the cost of the sensors, they could build something that would last longer. The customer service at minimed does not really help when the CGM has problems.

IronOre 2014-02-25 11:24:17 -0600 Report

Well, when they come up with a new way to do the testing, other than pricking, than I will get excited.
The silly stuff mentioned in the article doesn't really improve testing at all.

GabbyPA 2014-02-25 18:05:14 -0600 Report

It may not improve the actual testing, but it allows you to do much more with the results of your testing. I agree, when they get it to where I don't have to poke, I will be very happy.

mustangpeg 2014-02-25 07:38:30 -0600 Report

just started on the Dexcom G4 and it is wonderful. You really get a true sense of what is going on in your body. I was afraid of the injection at first but the needle is smaller and thinner that I use to take shots. Once it's attached, you don't even know it. It alerts to your lows, which I have a problem with and to your high's. It's the greatest thing out there for continuous monitoring. My Endo says the market is changing all the time, so who know's what great and simple things tech market will do… It's exciting…

Richknowbody 2014-02-25 10:57:07 -0600 Report

I also use the Dexcom G-4 and am waiting for an app for my phone so I can see all the graphs easily.
I love technology.

Richknowbody 2014-02-24 13:17:55 -0600 Report

I use the Dexcom G-4 continuous monitoring system plus the one touch for my Animas pump.
I love the Dexcom, it really lets me know my trends, and tests my blood every 5 minutes. I have a sensor and transmitter on my stomach, It warns me when I am at 80 for a low and 200 for a high.

Richknowbody 2014-02-24 13:18:53 -0600 Report

The receiver has a graph of the readings, which is very nice. I can see what was happening when I am asleep for instance.

GabbyPA 2014-02-24 20:24:43 -0600 Report

That is great. Night time is where my body does all kinds of weird things. I need a graph for that.

Richknowbody 2014-02-25 10:59:34 -0600 Report

My night time readings are usually between 120 and 80 and have a very nice even graph.
As long as I don't eat, I have a nice graph. I get jumps above 200 or 250 when I have done a bad job of calculating my carbs, or have continued to pick after a meal.

TopazDee 2014-02-24 12:42:33 -0600 Report

I use an Accu viva bog standard meter at least I can understand it, had my mobile phone nearly 3 years still don't use or even understand half of what it can do so I'll quit while I'm ahead. x

LRD 2014-02-24 08:35:37 -0600 Report

My doctor won't let me get anything new on meters. He is not a diabetic doctor and won't refer me to one. Do these new ones have apps on them or something. I do not think that I quite understand. Help me out please. Linda

Debbiejf 2014-02-24 14:42:22 -0600 Report

LRD…you have to insist that your dr refer you to an endo! If he/she still refuses call your insurance and ask if you need a referral, if you don't find one in the phone book but if you do, you may need to change doctors! My pcp was insulted when I asked for the referral but I told her straight out that she can't answer all my questions/ hasn't been able to give me the information I need as a diabetic. I still see her for everything else and she has been okay with my decision/ I make sure the endo sends ALL info to her to keep her up to speed :). Don't let the dr control your life, remember you pay them (or your insur does)! Good luck :)

palmal 2014-02-24 17:14:52 -0600 Report

You are so correct. I stayed with a doctor for one year, I was having a bad time with numbers, called my ENDO and got to see her inside one month. So much was wrong, I will never let this happen again! I am ENDO doctor all the way.

spirit7 2014-02-24 08:17:30 -0600 Report

I use the Accu-Ck Nano. I have tried other meters but they were so far off on numbers I had one check up that floored me with my A1c until I realized the meter I was using was totally inaccurate by about 30 or more points every time I used it. After trying several others, I will only use the Accu-Ck. I want to know if there is anyway I can get some free software so I can download info from my meter to better track my numbers. I think it would be most helpful. Any suggestions? Since I got laid off from my employment, funds are limited for purchasing such items… Thanks.

lemkedoris@yahoo.com 2014-02-24 07:30:47 -0600 Report

I have the One Touch Ultrasmart it works great and a freestyle light . the one touch I take to the doctors he down loads my information on my file now and see where I am at monthly he loves it and I do too.got this 3 years ago it's been the best .

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-02-23 23:55:33 -0600 Report

I use Bayer's Contour Next USB meter once a day. I use their "GlucoFacts Deluxe" software as well as "bant" on my mobile phone. On my quarterly visits to my physician, I provide tables and charts of BG/A1C values along with a number of other blood metrics that I maintain with spreadsheet software. I take metformin twice a day and my BG levels are within normal range. I use a nutritional kitchen scale and weigh everything that I eat at home. I exercise by riding my bike four times a week.

MaChteld 2014-02-23 23:04:24 -0600 Report

I use the Accu-check Active meter. I don t go crazy checking my BS. We just go with the flow. Once a day is more than enough.

jayabee52 2014-02-24 00:40:40 -0600 Report

why would you say that once daily is more than enough, Ma?

MaChteld 2014-02-24 00:53:03 -0600 Report

I guess I'm just lazy or very busy. I know its not enough

jayabee52 2014-02-24 01:17:14 -0600 Report

if you could have tighter control of your diabetes why wouldn't you test more?

All you are really doing by testing only 1 x/d is saving the ins cos money cause they don't have to buy more test strips. I think their attitude on that is they're "penny wise but pound foolish". as they may well end up paying for more and more expensive treatments for that patient over time.

Winkelwoman 2014-02-23 22:45:00 -0600 Report

I use the One Touch Aviva and a GE monitor, What I don't like is that there may be a 20 point difference when I use both to check BM. Right now, my A1C1 is 6.2

katiegyrl 2014-02-23 22:19:39 -0600 Report

I use the Omnipod Glucose Monotoring Sytem. It is my WIRELESS pump and it also is my meter. I use it to test my levels, it then ask if I am going to eat, if so, tell it the amount of carbs and it does the rest!

rcmodelr 2014-02-23 21:36:04 -0600 Report

I normally use the Bayer Contour NextLink meter that sends the BG reading to my Revel pump, but I also have another meter that doesn't talk to the pump so I manually enter each BG reading from that meter into the pump.

About every 3 - 4 weeks I upload my pump data into Medtronics CareLink online software, then export the pump data from CareLink into Excel on my computer where I use an application I designed to create an easier to read logbook report I can take to my doctor and he can easily track my hourly BG readings every day and easily find patterns that he says are nearly impossible to find with reports created directly from the CareLink software.

If anybody using a Medtronics pump or meter compatible with Medtronics CareLink would like to try my Excel application, contact me via email and I'll gladly send you an email reply with my Excel application attached.

rcmodelr at yahoo dot com

GabbyPA 2014-02-24 20:27:40 -0600 Report

That is a wonderful tool for your doctor visits. All there for them to see.

rcmodelr 2014-02-24 22:12:23 -0600 Report

And what my doctors like most besides being able to look at readings all in a row by hour of day is that along with the hourly Average BG reading (uses average since some hours may have multiple BG readings in them), is along with the BG it also shows grams of carbs eaten when, Bolus dose totals by hour, and hourly Basal rate for each day.
Only thing mine doesn't have that CareLink has is the pretty graphs that 2 of my 3 doctors say they don't see any benefit in anyway… But I'm working at trying to add some graph output to add anyway.

birch21 2014-02-23 20:18:19 -0600 Report

I used to use a Bayer Contour and felt it was doing a fine job but now I use one of those that talks to you and has lots of features on it. I never change the settings so I am not sure what all this one does. For me it is easier just to leave the settings the same than to have to change to checking for after a meal then having to change and check for say a pre-meal test or next time needing a post-meal or night-time meal snack reading. I prefer to leave the settings alone, of course that is just the way I am the simpler the better.

rv02tx 2014-02-23 19:58:02 -0600 Report

forgot to mention the new OneTouch Verio system for my iPhone 5 where I can also enter information but it doesn't send to the pump which is fine that just uses a 2 batteries a week testing 8 times a day bc after 25 years of IDDM the brittleness is extreme (20-500 bg)

rv02tx 2014-02-23 19:55:30 -0600 Report

I use the new Medtronic 530G with the CGM Enlite Sensors that last 6 days and the needle to insert is ⅛ the prior size. The big thing about the 530G is that it will shut itself off for 2 hours and then restart if the blood sugar drops below a threshold you set like 60 bg. Also the Enlite Sensors SG readings are within 0-5 values of the BG taken on the Bayer Countor Next Link and the One Touch large strip meters and that is wonderful bc I can literally use the pump to enter starting BG when adding my iCarb Factor (1 carb, 2g Protein-1 carb, 4 grams of fat=1 carb factor)

shadow walker
shadow walker 2014-02-23 19:53:20 -0600 Report

I use the Accu-Check Aviva - It works well enough for me and I don't think that I would like getting another one that is more modern and probably more complicated to use - I'm just not into any big changes right now - Shadow Walker…

sherryleigh 2014-02-23 19:52:06 -0600 Report

I use one touch ultra mini, small fits anywhere & works good.
I use diabetic connect to log in my levels, then I email the chart to my doctors

camerashy 2014-02-23 19:45:16 -0600 Report

I have a really simple meter that doesn't do anything but tell me what my glucose reading is. It's the USMed Trueresult. I checked it against the One Touch Ultra several times, and got different readings on both meters. Medicare pays for it and all my testing supplies, and they are shipped to me.

joann r
joann r 2014-02-23 19:12:38 -0600 Report

I have the One Touch, Ultra 2… I have this one cause my insurance cover the strips & lancets. I really don't use the features, I log my results in a book.

lanykins 2014-03-01 08:14:14 -0600 Report

I use the One Touch Ultra 2. I don't know what features it has. I didn't get a cord to plug into my computer. I use this since Medicare pays for everything.

joann r
joann r 2014-03-01 09:48:05 -0600 Report

lanykins, I didn't get a cord for the computer with my One Touch either…

lanykins 2014-03-01 10:38:15 -0600 Report

Joann r, I think I will have to call my supply company and ask if they have them that I could buy. It just occurred to me that I could also go to the pharmacy and ask. Could you do anything like that?

ma mo
ma mo 2014-02-23 19:00:57 -0600 Report

i use Solus (V/2) glucose meter. trying to figure how to work it yet. still have my other meter for back up .

Carla48 2014-02-23 18:51:09 -0600 Report

Good old basic True-2-Go. I tend to agree with frog1951. Testing and drugs (that usually destroy the pacreas' ability to function, like Januvia) are not a cure.

frog1951 2014-02-23 18:42:47 -0600 Report

I appreciate the new meters and I am wearing a V-go 40 insulin delivery system. I think all the money they are spending on treatments, meters, etc should be spent on a CURE. They have spent trillions on drugs, meters, needles, etc but do not spend much at all on a cure. The reason is that the treatment bring in too much money so they prefer more treatments and toys. Thanks for the updates. They now have a meter that you attach to your belt and it connects to you 24 hours a day. Again, this is in my numbest of opinion just a lousy fix. I have been diagnosed type 2 for 30+ years and they still don't even know the cause - I was not overweight then but the meds put weight on me and now they blame the weight - I have NO confidence in the researchers, Medical Profession or pharmaceuticals - they are all greedy. Money is the reason a cure will never be found.

jayabee52 2014-02-24 17:29:28 -0600 Report

If all moneys are paid to search for a cure, how will that affect those of us who NEED the treatments?

The thing about T2, and to a lesser extent T1, the cause for the disease could be due to a multiciplicity of factors. It is NOT just one thing which causes diabetes. Some get it because of genetics, but there are so many genes which turned in the wrong way can produce diabetes, and then there is the whole issue of metabolic disorders, insulin resististance, and so on! And to paint the.whole cadre of med researchers, med professionals and even pharmaceutical companies as greedy SOBs (translation: Sweet ole Boys - LoL) is using a MIGHTY BIG brush. There are other reasons than money if a cure is not found, but I believe that eventually a cure may be found for at least some folks with diabetes, if not all of us.

God's best
James Baker

robertoj 2014-02-24 21:48:16 -0600 Report

I agree James. I wonder why more significant inroads haven't been made by now. However, I am optimistic that the answer to many if not all people in the not too distant future.

haoleboy 2014-02-23 18:17:24 -0600 Report

Using a ReliOn Prime. Would like to be able to download readings but price of the cable is prohibitive. So for now I continue to manually log the info on to a spreadsheet.
- Steve

jigsaw 2014-02-23 18:01:05 -0600 Report

Over the years, I have accrued a collection of free meters. The Contour is the one I am using currently. I bring it with me to my endo with each visit, at his request. He tracks my results with a program on his computer. This way he can compare my meter results with his lab results. Simply marvelous! I stopped using my talking meter, because it has an annoying voice that lies.

theladyiscrazy 2014-02-23 17:38:26 -0600 Report

I have a freestyle lite. I use it because that is the kind of meter my insurance will cover (well part of) strips for. I use it to strictly take my glucose readings.