Meter accuracy

suecsdy
By suecsdy Latest Reply 2018-12-07 01:35:24 -0600
Started 2018-10-20 10:33:09 -0500

I have a question for the techies in our community. I can navigate around my computer or tablet, but have no clue about the internal operations of these devices. My question is, when it comes to the accuracy of meters, which part of the meter/strip combination is responsible for accuracy? Some months ago, I bought a GE meter. It was usually within 10-15 pts of my Abbot Freestyle Lite…not good enough, imo. Recently I decided to give it another try, so I purchased fresh strips (having used the ones that came with the meter). This time the readings are very comparable and I'm more comfortable using it when I'm out and about. I'm just curious, no big deal, though I may be looking at another ins mandated meter change soon.


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suecsdy
suecsdy 2018-11-03 17:59:39 -0500 Report

I'm off my diabetes med too. I'm not doing as well as I had hoped, so I started working with a nutritionist last week. My goal is to eat 3 meals a day and I'm not doing so great with that, although I'm getting closer to it. As things are right now, it looks like I'm going to go from 5.6 A1c to 6.5. I said I would try it for 6 mos and then revisit the decision to stop the med. I have a really great Dr and I trust her to give me good advice.

Chopstix
Chopstix 2018-10-29 12:49:43 -0500 Report

Used to use the Freestyle Lite until the VA said they are not sending any more strips because I was not on insulin or pills. That was in late 2013. I went to WalMart* and bought the ReliOn Prime glucose meter. I'm on my second one. The reason is another story. I checked the Freestyle and ReliOn at the same time and the ReliOn read 7 mg/dL less than the Freestyle. I recently bought an On-Call Express and compared it to the my ReliOn and it read 14 mg/dL higher! Or 7 mg/dL higher than the Freestyle. I have blood work tomorrow so I'm going to check both meters then so I can see which is closer to what the lab work says. This is the first time I've been excited about having lab work done because my weight went from 223 pounds the first part of the year down to 178 pounds by June and my blood glucose has been averaging 81-102 mg/dL. If I remember right meters are suppose to be within 20%(maybe 15%) of what the lab work shows. I saw one video where the top dozen meters where checked at about the same time and the person who did the bleeding got 12 different readings. Just because it costs more doesn't mean it is very accurate…

suecsdy
suecsdy 2018-11-03 18:02:55 -0500 Report

That's kind of dumb. You still need to check your blood sugar levels, now more than ever. If I continue, I suppose they will eventually deny me also as I am under the Tricare umbrella which is govt run.

msann
msann 2018-10-21 10:00:17 -0500 Report

hello me and hubby use one touch flex pair with your phone real accurate insurance paid for them united health care

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