Got a new meter, if you have this one, what do you think?

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2014-03-09 11:18:34 -0500
Started 2014-03-03 11:04:55 -0600

The other day, I purchased a new meter finally. For just over 5 yrs. I had been using the One Touch ultra mini and loved it, but felt it was time to try something new, so I asked my pharmacist and he recommended this one, it is called True Performance, True Result. anyone else have it? My One Touch ultra mini, the strips were $30/month,(for only 30 strips) my insurance paid most, but that is what I paid out of pocket, so the reason for getting a new one was, no more prescription and much cheaper strips! now I pay about $8 for 50!

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BogeyGolfer 2014-03-04 20:00:00 -0600 Report

I am a recent convert to the ReliOn prime, which I purchased at Wal-Mart. The strips are 9 dollars per 50. I have a one touch mini (great meter), but since insurance only pays for 100 strips every three months ,I decided to look into the prime meter and strips. It is a bit slower than the one-touch, and the strips are a little tougher to insert , but the price is much cheaper than I pay with insurance. I really am splitting hairs here on the difference .Readings in a side by side comparison are very close..Great deal ,and Wal-Mart's are everywhere..

lanykins 2014-03-09 10:57:04 -0500 Report

I use a company that sold me my One Touch Ultra 2. But this company accepts Medicare. Do you have Medicare? I get all my test strips and everything else at no cost. Medicare pays for it all. You might look into one of the companies to find out how they handle test supplies if you don't have Medicare. As your pharmacist about the different companies. Once you have Medicare they make it so simple, deliver right to your door. I hope you can use this.

tabby9146 2014-03-09 11:18:34 -0500 Report

no medicare. not old enough for it. I have insurance through my husband's company, a plan they chose, through United Healthcare. thanks

bruinsgirl978 2014-03-03 21:13:49 -0600 Report

I love the one touch brand and love the mini!!! If your doctor rites a prescription you can get the strips cheaper.

tabby9146 2014-03-05 10:02:19 -0600 Report

with our insurance though, I ws paying more all of last year, and so far this year until the other day, I went from paying $30 for a 90 day supply to $30 for 30 strips. i just decided that was enough. :-)

MarkS 2014-03-03 13:19:38 -0600 Report

My question to you is why did you purchase a meter? Company's give them away for free since their profits are with the strips! I too used a One Touch for about 12 years and just switched to a Bayer Contour Next USB since it takes a smaller amount of blood. As for the One Touch, I never saw a box of 30 only 25 or 50. And I could not find a "True Performance" only "True Track" available at Wal-Mart.

tabby9146 2014-03-05 10:04:22 -0600 Report

the meter was only $15 and I did not know if I could get a free one, i know those on medicare or medicaid, can usually get them free, but those with other insurance, I did not know about. I don't mind paying that at all. I already miss my One Touch ultra mini, cause it is so small and like I said, I get my result faster. At times, I still might buy some strips for it, so I can compare every now and then, what my numbers are.

MamaSpook 2014-03-03 12:36:58 -0600 Report

right now I am using the prodigy auto code but just got insurance coverage through Humana. I was thinking of switching to the UM but I had a spike a while back and was using my current meter and the one I had before that and was getting 2 entirely different readings. The last time I tested I used the same blood sample on both at the same time and the readings were drastically different. It makes me wonder if our meters are even accurate at all! I have since been put on Novolin 2 times a day which is my first experience on insulin and the numbers have come down but once in a while they still show very high like last night when I went to bed it was horrible, the highest I have ever had at 411 but this morning it was 96 which was lower than before the insulin. My question is how do you know if meters are accurate or not even if you test them?

birch21 2014-03-03 12:32:54 -0600 Report

Have you checked to make sure the date has not run out on the new strips. I tried the True Result True Performance and didn't like it as well. Felt that my Bayer Contour was a better meter for a more accurate reading.

tabby9146 2014-03-05 10:06:42 -0600 Report

strips are not out of date. I think now though, my numbers seem to be what I am used to them being, so perhaps it is accurate after all, but I do know there was no way I could have been 85 or even in the 90s, when I ate those two flour tortillas the other night!! I don't normally eat that way ,but my family does not like the yellow corn ones, which are better for me, and sometimes I will use though just for mine and flour for them, but this time I did not go to that extra expense. and in the past, my numbers were never in the 80s "2" hours after eating that, much less one hour later. I knew my number had to be over 100 one hour later for sure. so it had to be wrong then.

tabby9146 2014-03-03 11:55:16 -0600 Report

This kit did not include the control solution!! I thought it did. so I have been testing without it! I called customer service, and they are going to send it to me free!

lanykins 2014-03-09 11:05:59 -0500 Report

The control solution is vital. It can really tell you how your meter is working. If the number on the result of the test meter doesn't fall where they said it should, your meter is not working properly. Then you can call where you got it and you should be given a new meter.

tabby9146 2014-03-03 11:09:04 -0600 Report

If only I had a few more of the One Touch UM strips, which I don't I would have tested against that. I had "1" strip left the day I got the new meter, and I forgot to mention that when I tested 85 on that first test, I then checked with my one last strip on my old meter, and it said 109!!! that seemd more accurate from past experience, or somewhere in between both of those numbers, but I felt 85 was too low considering what snack I'd had earlier. now I wish I had saved that last strip, and tested one hour after eating.

lanykins 2014-03-09 11:14:12 -0500 Report

Why did you get down to one test strip? As a diabetic, it is so important to test! I'm sorry this happened to you.

tabby9146 2014-03-03 11:07:08 -0600 Report

okay now, the first day, first test, I tested 85!! well, I rarely have a number in the 80s, unless it has been hrs since I have eaten, which it had not. So I wondered…but thought well okay. So an hour after eating a higher carb meal than usual, I "knew" one hour later, my number would be most likely 120 or higher, thought it was never real high after eating this same meal, in the same portions pretty much off and on for years, well it showed 85!! hmmm, did not seem right at all, I knew it was not. So now I am wondering if something is wrong with this meter. I was going to take it back to the pharmacy and tell him about this on Sat. afternoon, but they had already closed. Now I am wondering just how accurate my meter really is?

lanykins 2014-03-09 11:11:25 -0500 Report

This is why you need a control solution. You put it on the strip instead of blood and it will give you a number. If the number does not fall where it says it should on the control solution bottle, then something is wrong with your meter.

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