Are all Meters created alike?

By shul71 Latest Reply 2009-07-22 00:54:25 -0500
Started 2009-07-10 01:33:36 -0500

I have 2 meters. One a friend gave me when she was getting a new one. It seems to work ok, and I do find it a bit more user friendly. This one is the Accu-Check Aviva, but sometimes I wonder about the accuracy of the readings. The other one is one I got on my own and is the Precision Extra. It has more features that I don't use on it, like the keytones testing, but I like that the strips come individually sealed. I havehad the misfortune of spilling the strips from my Aviva to where I kept getting err messages (I'm assuming that dropping them contaminated them somehow) I also like the slim design and diffrent storage areas on the Precision. Any input on this? or is there another one out there that you all like better? The one thing too, is I like the lancet pen on the Aviva better than on the precision, so I just use it on my Precision. Today, my first morning result was 168, which is very unusual for me in the AM so I rechecked it twice. I was almost tempted to skip breakfast altogether, but I at some eggs. Any advice in this area as well?

12 replies

shul71 2009-07-16 23:19:42 -0500 Report

Since my aviva and precision extra readings are often off by anywhere from 15- to as much as 30 (the aviva reads higher) is there a way for me to find out which one is more accurate? In terms of insurance the precision is what is covered on Tricare, (with a copay)but medi-cal also covers a couple of different meters without a copay. I'd like to stick to one that I find that suites me the best, but I'm hesitant of going out and getting another one. From the replies, the freestyle seems to be the most common and I think that is one of the ones medi-cal pays for. What particularly do you like about this brand?

Vicrgreen 2009-07-17 03:34:50 -0500 Report

If you get a Freestyle be sure and fill out the form inside that lets you sign up for free upgrades. I didn't because it asked for date of diagnosis and the Clinic would have had to go back through about 7 charts to find it. Anyway, it is a nice perc.

I had a problem with an old Freestyle about 2 years ago and they replaced it free. They also said that a 20-30 point change between the readings of the 2 meters (I was to send the old one back after I got the new one so I took a few comparison readings) was nothing to be concerned about; that surprised me.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-07-17 10:28:54 -0500 Report

So one thing to realize is that no meter on the market is perfectly accurate. They would be much too expensive if they were built to be perfectly accurate.

The trade-off is that there will be some variability in your testing results. Using the same meter and the same blood sample your results can vary by +/- 10%.

Here's a link to a previous discussion we've had that has some good information in it.

and another one:

centrider 2009-07-17 10:59:50 -0500 Report

I too have 2 meters, but both are Bayer meters. The similarities are that both use Bayer's 10 strip disc. The differences are that the older model is designed for one hand operation and takes 27 sec to read the sample and is very compact.

The newer model requires 2 hands to operate, uses a smaller blood sample and reads the sample in 5 seconds.

My insurance provider changed pharmacies this year. We were told in effect to start using another meter. Well, I didn't. I submitted my prescription for the newer Bayer meter discs and they filled it.

I check the accuracy of the the meters in that when I have my lab work down, I check my blood as close to the lab work as I can. Usually that gives me a reading which is close enough to mine to satisfy my desire for accuracy.

shul71 2009-07-19 08:08:45 -0500 Report

Thanks about comparing the readings from my lab work-up! What a DUH! moment there. I still go to the navy base for most of my care and they had to do some panel studies and such, and I kid you not, I had 7 (Yes SEVEN) sticks before they finally got something useful, and that was out of a preemie needle to boot! AACK! Because of my many IV sites, blood draws and 6 babies worth of labs, my veins are so scarred up. It isn't necessarily that I have TINY veins (or at least according to whom is doing the stick) it is that my veins roll and or blow. It's as if they had my sentiment of "Can't you freeze some for future use or something???) Not that they can as they need the most currently accurate results but still. Ok… my vent session is over! :-)

apanda 2009-07-10 16:39:39 -0500 Report

I use the Freestyle Lite. This is the one that I was given for free by my diabetic coach when I took the classes at my local hospital. I have never used any other kind, but I have heard from many that the one I have is very easy. I like and have had no problems with it.
Good luck, and never skip your meals, just adjust your carbs if you get a high reading. My morning number is often higher than it should be when I have eaten everything correctly. There are some posts here that talk about "Dawn Phenomona". I don't fully understand it, but my doctor says it is nothing that I am doing wrong and that is just how some people are. He said don't worry about it.

Sarguillo 2009-07-10 13:25:23 -0500 Report

Yes, please dont skp breakfast. eat somting small. Put some food in your belly. Try a lower carb food.
Not all meters are alike. Most of us are stuck with the meter our insurance or doctor percribes for us. Its the strips that cost the most so we if possible, follow our prescriptions for lowest cost of strips. I have never used an accu check meter but have used a precision meter in the past. My current meter is a One Touch ultra 2 and a one touch ultra mini. They both use the same strips. Use what you have acess to. Use one or the other. Good luck.

2009-07-10 14:42:02 -0500 Report

i am NO fan of walmart, but from what i've read and been told by other dbs; their rely-on brand meter and strips are just as good as anything else on the market. the meter is $9 and the strips are $20 for 50. i use several different meters-i think i have one in every room in the house-but this is a GREAT price. i'm going to go get one this weekend just so i can do some additional testing without costing an arm and a leg.

SKrosner 2009-07-17 10:57:48 -0500 Report

The one touch ultra mini were you pleased with that meter?I have a FreeStyle and I would like to try the one touch ultra mini.Iwould like to keep an extra meter on hand in case something happens to the one I have now.I do not know if I can get a second one or not I keep getting different answers.Oh Iam NEW to being a diabetic

Sarguillo 2009-07-20 15:07:26 -0500 Report

If you go to, they have meters there. If you answer a few questions, they will send you a free meter (to get you to buy their strips). The ultra mini and the ultra and the ultra 2 all use the same strips. No use in paying for a new meter if they will send you a free one. Hope this helps.

Vicrgreen 2009-07-10 04:20:50 -0500 Report

No, they aren't all alike. I have a Freestyle that I have had for quite a while and like really well. When I got a new supplier for testing supplies they sent me a different style, the name means nothing as it is labeled with the suppliers name. The new meter reads 30 points (on average) higher than the old one.

I wouldn't forego breakfast were I you.

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