Glucose Meters

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By cm - 15868 Latest Reply 2012-01-10 15:13:46 -0600
Started 2008-06-03 11:27:00 -0500

I would like to know if anyone else is using or has used the Accu-Chek Compact Glucose Meter. I have been using this meter for approximately 90 days and have found that when testing my glucose levels there have been times when I have tested twice to make sure the monitor is accurate. I have had different readings doing 2 tests one right after the other. Does anyone know if this monitor is accurate. I have had concerns about the accuracy.

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7 replies

Elfin
Elfin 2008-07-15 14:02:42 -0500 Report

I don't know about your particular meter, but I've had the same experience with 2 other meters. The first time I called service, they told me that a meter reading may have a 17% variance between readings. Yuck. So I generally take two readings and up to three, if I am concerned about my reading. I generally just average readings.
Don't know if this helps, but it seems to be a fact of life in this already confusing battle against diabetes.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-07-15 15:29:25 -0500 Report

Here's why I got so upset with my meter.
1st meter on 4/28 at:
5:17pm was 317
5:18pm was 289 5:21pm was 132
All within 4 minutes.

2nd meter on 5/24 at:
6:42pm was 478
6:43pm was 165
6:44pm was 157
All within 3 minutes.

3rd meter on 7/10 at:
8:32am was 185
3:33am was 368
8:34am was 182
All within 2 minutes.
The morning reading was a total shock because I am normally in the teens or 120's.
The PM readings were also way out of norm which made me re-test.
In the first case Abbott tried to calibrate it over the phone and the mgl/ was missing.
In the third case it would not even read the test fluid.
Obviously there is something wrong with that style of meter. Abbott asked if I took any medications due to this, well I'm not on any meds. However I would be concerned that someone would believe that reading and take a pill and possibly drop below safe.
Anyway, this is my experience with the Freedom Freestyle Lite. I do not trust it. I could live with a reasonable variance but I can't live with a meter I don't trust.
I will say that Abbott has been very helpful and offered me the Precison with 200 test strips. I'm doing the duel tests to convience myself that it's okay.

Rita
Rita 2008-07-15 05:37:07 -0500 Report

I'm using Accu-chek compact too, and i double checked with a one touch mini this morning. The difference was only 1. So i think it works just fine. I'm using a controll solution every time i open a new test bottle.

Sheryl
Sheryl 2008-07-14 09:12:54 -0500 Report

I am new to all this and very, very confused. My A1c last Sept was 6.2, it was 6.5 this March and this June 6.7. Dr gave me no meds at this time. I have lost weight, eat better and still rise. It seems that about anything I eat anymore spikes me. I ate a bowl of shredded wheat yesterday, 265!
I am here because I do not understand these meters at all. I have been through 3 Freedom Freestyle Lite Meters since March. After approx a month an extremely high reading would happen and within minutes it would be low. Abbott Labs asked me to use their Precision Extra and I agreed. Right now I am testing with both meters and in some cases find them fairly close and in other cases as far apart as 58 points. I am very disquested with this whole process. I do not understand when things do not work as they should and we have to spend 1/2 of our time working on the problem.
I worked for Lifescan about 10 years ago and it was their priority to have accuracy with their meters, it was taken real serious. Nothing is taken serious any more, we'll give you a crappy product and you worry about it, and oh by the way you must use and waste our expensive test strips.
It just blows my mind that this disease that is already so completed has to be further complicated by junk meters.
What am I missing here? Sorry for my tone, I'm just so tired of this already.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2008-07-15 06:25:40 -0500 Report

I can certainly understand your frustrations, but it sounds like you need to go back to basics.

On the meter side of things. It's not that they don't work and are junk or the companies are not serious but more the fact that because of the many variables and general complexity of actually getting a lab quality result from whole blood, meters are not accurate. A meter is just tool, designed to show trends and give you a reasonably accurate result. 58 points between two meters is not that hard to believe. Your blood sugar can change rapidly, both meters could be off a little and 101 other reasons could add up to that. Maybe you got a bad strip, they make millions so it's very easy that one got messed up. Maybe you had something on your finger. Maybe (as is often said) the first drop of blood was a little older than the second drop. So many reasons. Like you said, diabetes is complicated and so is blood sugar.

On the food side of things. You don't say how long after you ate the 265 was but a bowl of shredded wheat would spike me the same as you, higher if I didn't take my medication. If that's all you ate it's not very surprising, especially if you had milk with it. It's almost 100% carb and not balanced at all. Counting carbs is important but so is balancing the meal and pairing things up with the right stuff. Although I don't go into it in the same level of depth as Toma does (still reading up on his methods), I believe it's vital to have a balanced meal that contains protein and fat to offset the carbs. I know that if I skip those things and have a carb heavy meal my numbers are significantly higher than if I balance the meal. My breakfast is a perfect example. I eat oatmeal every day. Some days I'm in a rush or don't have anything quick on hand to go with it, those days I can be assured of a spike roughly 20-30 points higher than if I had some meat or eggs.

Take things slowly and try (it's hard) to let things slide off your back. If you start to worry and get mad at things you'll just drive yourself nuts and your blood sugar higher.