Meter question- do you use either of these?

By 4catMomma Latest Reply 2014-12-02 18:54:16 -0600
Started 2014-12-01 11:55:24 -0600

I want to thank everyone that responded to my earlier question. I read your responses in my email, but now I can't find the post. (not so computer proficient as I thought)
I am calling my doc to tell him I want to start testing. I want to know if certain foods are doing me more harm than good. I mean I eat oatmeal almost everyday - no sugar, just a ton of cinnamon with frozen blueberries. Now to me that is healthy, but not if it raises my sugar too much. I checked with my insurance, and I can get a couple meters for free. Bayer Contours, which I didn't read much positive about, and the two I am trying to decide is the AccuCheck Aviva Plus or AccuCheck Nano. My insurance will cover the meter, and not sure how much of the strips, as prescriptions count towards my deductible 1st. What are thoughts on these 2? I like the idea of using alternate sites, especially if I am testing alot in the beginning. Also does the doc need to write as needed for the strips?

5 replies

haoleboy 2014-12-02 18:54:16 -0600 Report

I have been using the ReliOn Prime from Walmart for almost 2 years now and have found it accurate and the most affordable option out there

4catMomma 2014-12-02 16:34:02 -0600 Report

Ok I am going loopy. Looking at so many different ones, prices varying - I think it will be cheaper to pay out of pocket than my co pay. I see though that several do not seem as accurate as others. Has anyone used the one at Target? I just want one that is accurate, doesn't require a gallon of blood, and that I can use alternate sites and is easy to use. There are sooooo many!

Nick1962 2014-12-01 17:18:08 -0600 Report

Like Gabby, I pay out of pocket for my strips and use an Abbott Precision Extra meter which runs about $25, but strips are about $22 per 50. The doc does need to write a script for strips if your insurance is to cover them, and some will say "as needed" but most will restrict you. However, strips are not medication and you can purchase them without a script if you want to go over and above what the doc prescribes on your own dollar (which I recommend if you can).

I thought oatmeal was healthy too until I went through my carb counting class. It came off my "can eat" list immediately after that and was replaced with eggs, a small fruit serving, some protein like chicken and nuts (not all at the same meal though). The more you test, the more you learn is my theory. 2014-12-01 15:17:56 -0600 Report

I use True result meter, and I was able to find the strips on Amazon for $6.00 for 50 that was a great deal for me because my copay would be $45.00 each time, so I try to shop around. I found it under DHS the number is 1-866-622-4984 I hope this helps. Have a great afternoon.

GabbyPA 2014-12-01 12:00:43 -0600 Report

Choose a meter on a couple of things. Set them in your priority. For me, the cost of strips is more important because I pay out of pocket. I use a Reli-On meter because the strips are $9.00 for 50. Many of the big name meters have strips that run about .50 to $1.00 a strip. If your insurance covers enough that's great. But I find from many members input here, that they tend to only cover 1-2 tests a day.