Glucose meter

By Liisamrie Latest Reply 2014-03-26 01:19:32 -0500
Started 2014-03-23 11:41:16 -0500

One more question. :)
I bought a Reli On meter because it was the least expensive as were the strips that go with it. Is it better to buy the (much) more expensive one or is this just as good? It seems to be okay but I compared it to a friend's meter one day abd the reading was a lot different.
I'm willing to buy a more expensive one if it is more accurate.
Also how often do you need to check it? 3 times a day?

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Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-26 01:19:32 -0500 Report

I read that some meters do show different readings from other meters, I also read that your blood sugar might show different on your right hand fingers from your reading on your left fingers, so I checked. My left hand fingers read lower than my right right.
I think it is good advice from the others to check yours against the lab readings, before you buy a new one. Also talk to your doctor and get his suggestion what type of new meter he would suggest if you do have to get one.

Liisamrie 2014-03-24 17:27:07 -0500 Report

Harry, I didn't do a control test but should have. I will take it to my dr and compare it though before I buy another. I like that the strips are cheaper!

haoleboy 2014-03-24 17:45:21 -0500 Report

ReliOn will send you control solution for your meter for free.Go to their website click on your type of meter and at the bottom of the page is a link to request some … not a bad thing to have on hand


Liisamrie 2014-03-23 16:31:20 -0500 Report

Thank you, Steve. I'm trying to not get discouraged. It's just a bit overwhelming but I am impressed how you and many here take control if this disease. It's just going to take some work and research for me. The link very helpful!

haoleboy 2014-03-23 16:54:28 -0500 Report

You CANNOT let this get the better of you …I have already experienced several complications thanks to my not taking control earlier. The most eye opening was my stroke over a year ago. I had almost three weeks in the hospital with not a lot to do but examine how I got there and why I just didn't die. I listened to my iPod almost non-stop in there … one song listened to over and over was Dylan's "It's All Right Ma I'm Only Bleeding". The line 'he not busy being born is busy dying' spoke volumes to me. I decided then and there I had been given a second chance and that I owed it to those that loved me to get my act together and become the person they believed that I was. Do not wait until you get to that point.


harry1 2014-03-23 15:35:56 -0500 Report

When you go for lab work take your be right before they draw your blood then compare it to your lab reading. I have 3 different meters all free styles and there is a 40 point difference between them.

Liisamrie 2014-03-23 16:34:09 -0500 Report

Hi Harry,
40 point diff seems like a lot! That's a good idea, I will do that. I think I keep hoping the meter is wrong. :) likely it's not!

harry1 2014-03-23 18:00:24 -0500 Report

Did you do a control test on it? I also read that a 10% point difference is common. When I did this my be were running between 400-500.

Liisamrie 2014-03-23 13:13:06 -0500 Report

Hi Haoleboy,
Thanks for that info! I have the Confirm one. I maybe should have bought the Prime. My bgl seems to be all over the place. Oddly it's the highest after 8 hrs sleep. So I'm trying to test it often to figure it out. Honestly I'm new to this and no real clue what I'm doing but zm reading through the discussions here. Lots of good info and nice people here. Sounds like you are managing your bgl well!

haoleboy 2014-03-23 17:00:22 -0500 Report

Only reason I bought the Prime was for the cheap strips ($9 at Walmart). I pay for my test stuff out of pocket and needed cheap strips, I;m sure the Confirm is fine.
As Harry mentioned I get my labs done every 3 months and right before going in I test. One of the tests is bgl. I compare when I get the results … BTW ask your Dr. to instruct the lab to copy you on your test results … that way you get it in a couple days, and it's nice to have copies so you can watch your progress.

haoleboy 2014-03-23 13:58:21 -0500 Report

just posted this to another discussion but I suspect it may help you as well
I am doing pretty good but that was not always the case. learn as much about this disease as you can keeping in mind no two people are the same so what works for me may not work for you. a lot of trial and error, but don't get discouraged … we're all in this together.


Liisamrie 2014-03-24 17:23:08 -0500 Report

Steve, I am sorry you had to go through all that. I am glad that within that you were able to find new resolve and have turned things around! I won't let it get out of control, it just seems like a lot to figure out. But I am working on it. I have found if I eat five small meals vs three my bgl stays lower. You are right, have to figure out what works for me. I am going to try the graham cracker an donut butter thing though.
I will ask my dr to copy me on those! Thanks!

IronOre 2014-03-23 12:43:07 -0500 Report

Well, to start off with, the hoome meters need to be accurate only to +- 20%, so there can be a differnce between meters and still be fine.
I think the best thing to do would be to take it to you doctor's office and have it checked. They will probably have a meter the is a "doctors grade" and more accurate.
As far as I am concerned the meters (and test strips) are pretty much the same, and operate under the same principles, so I really don't think there is much differnce between them.
Testing three times a day seems fine to me. I am T1 and test 4-5 times a day.

Liisamrie 2014-03-24 17:31:05 -0500 Report

Thanks for that info! I am going to have mine checked against the drs and see how close it is. I do like it for the cost and ease of use. I don't kniw why the prices vary so much for meters thst do the same thing!

haoleboy 2014-03-23 12:41:10 -0500 Report

Prime? I have been using one for the past year and have found them to be reliable. $9 strips are a strong selling point.
How often you test is up to you and your doctor. Right now I am trying yo get my a1c into the mid 5's so I am keeping a really close eye on my bgl and testing fasting. before eating and 1 and/or 2 hours after eating.

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