By London Latest Reply 2010-01-13 00:50:11 -0600
Started 2009-11-10 18:32:21 -0600

Does anyone have a meter that gives not so acurate readings. I have a accu check aviva and I tested and it said 170. I said no that can't be right. I tested a second later and it said 102. Is this a good meter, or is there better? Thank You

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Pamtime 2010-01-13 00:50:11 -0600 Report

I have used the One Touch meters, the AccuCheck Meters, Ascencia Meters. I am currently using the One Touch Ultra 2 and the One Touch Ultra Mini. I have had far less strip problems with the One Touch meters than the others. Had a lot of issues on the AccuCheck one used by my mom. Cost of strips is always an issue. Passing thought: with all the years insulin has been on the market WHY are there no affordable Generics available.?? Inquiring minds want to know and this broke senior citizen. Have a nice day.

imsuzie2 2009-11-12 05:22:14 -0600 Report

I really like my Accu-Chek Compact Plus. I have a One Touch Mini as well. The One Touch needs to be coded, the Accu-Chek does not. I use the solution to test the first strip of the drum (Accu-Chek) and they have always been in range. I have retested only once or twice when I thought the reading might not have accurate.

The Accu-Chek has the customer Service number on the back of the meter as well as model and serial numbers. Roche is very good about replacing meters if there is a problem. I was using the Compact and called with a question. The rep insisted on sending me the new Compact Plus when it came out due to the ease of using, and he was right. Don't hesitate to call them with questions or concerns…they are GREAT and I think all the reps are diabetic so they know what we are going thru. Good luck. S2

Kira_xo 2009-11-11 20:08:13 -0600 Report

Oh wow I've never heard of that happening. But then again, I've never tested twice… I've never thought to do so to be honest lol. I agree with what some other people have mentioned, could have been something on your hands. I actually went and bought a box of those little alcohol pads to use before I test. I liked them because they were small enough to fit into my meter bag. Good luck tho. Hope it doesn't happen again. Oh and for the record I have a one touch ultra 2 meter. Not sure how well it rates in meters because its just the one my insurance supplied me with but it seems to be pretty good!

Jipwhip 2009-11-11 21:20:37 -0600 Report

I have a One Touch Ultra Smart and a One Touch Mini. I have found these to be very good meters. I have used several other meters and One Touch meters are the ones I am most comfortable using. I have never had the problem that London seems to have. But then I don't like using the Accu check's meters they have never felt right to me.

salmanda 2009-11-13 22:40:11 -0600 Report

I like my Ultra One Touch as well. I haven't used any other meters, but this one is great for me so far. It is easy to use, requires a very small sample, and stores numbers, etc. It also has the ability to connect to a computer to track your BS levels. You just have to buy a cable.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-11-11 14:15:38 -0600 Report

So accuracy is always a little bit of a question mark. To make a perfectly accurate meter, it would be so expensive and so large that it wouldn't be practical.

So we have to accept a little margin of error. The standard is +/- 10%, which means that whatever result you get your actual blood sugar is most likely within the range that is 10% higher or lower. For your test of 170, that means your actual blood sugar would most likely have been between 153 and 187. So 102 is clearly outside of that range.

It could be that something got on your fingertip or on your lancet. It could be something went wrong on your meter. Just keep an eye on it. If you continue to find readings that don't make sense and retesting gives you a dramatically different number, then you probably should see about replacing the meter.

As for which meter is most accurate, the Bayer and OneTouch meters seem to perform the best as I recall.

Here's a discussion that might be helpful:

ginarb37 2009-11-11 19:29:18 -0600 Report

John, I wished that someone would event a meter that you didnt have to rpick urself AT all to get a reading of blood sugars. ;) That would be awesome.

jayabee52 2009-11-13 22:23:44 -0600 Report


I seem to remember posting an article I found about new technologies for testing BG a month or so ago. You might want to look for it and see what might be coming down the road to test our BGs. I looked it up and the article's name is "Glucose Meters: New Technologies Coming Soon" While looking I also saw an article submitted by Avera about using light to test the BG in your eye.

ginarb37 2009-11-22 23:13:44 -0600 Report

Sorry for the delay in my reply. That is awesome being able to look in the eye and tell what they are. humm … ;)

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-11-11 09:28:16 -0600 Report

Also there can be a 20% margin of error. If I get a reading that I think is odd I test again. If there is a hudge gap I test a 3nd time. So far the 3 reading is always close to one or the other.

ancoto 2009-11-11 09:14:23 -0600 Report

I also use the accu-chek aviva and so far haven't had any problems with it. I have had problems with other meters when the get old but you can call the 800 number on the back and ask about a replacement. I also talk to my diabetes educator about the different types of meters and what they feel is best for me.

Hinboyz3 2009-11-10 21:29:33 -0600 Report

Yes this morning I had the same exact problem, Im thinking of changing up to something else too. mine was 150 & I re tested it was 135, so I knew something was wrong. It did that a little while ago too. Girl I don't know what to think or do at this point, do you? And yes I have the same meter.

London 2009-11-10 22:15:15 -0600 Report

Me neither. I use alcohol swabs before every test. Now I am always wondering, hmm, I wonder if that is right? Confusing confusing!

Roger1966 2009-11-10 20:45:45 -0600 Report

In my opinion yes, there are many factors that effect the accuracy of home meters. Did you know that blood samples not from the fingertips change much slower and those results should not be used for dosing per most strip manufacturers. Check out the one touch line, I find them to be very close to lab results. Diabetes educators have also told me "never go by how you feel" trust your glucometer other wise you wouldn't need it. Also try using a control solution for your meter to see if your strips, meter, and / or technique are falling in the controlled range that they should be. Machines have toll free 800 numbers and web addresses for a reason. Ask them about your product. Voice your concern and see what solutions they can suggest. Best of luck to you.

Harlen 2009-11-10 20:23:38 -0600 Report

There are a lot of things to take in
clean hands bad strip not a good blood sample so much can go amiss
I think they are a lot alike but thats just me
Best wishes

cussinwolf 2009-11-10 20:20:49 -0600 Report

Excellent meter. Check expiration dates on strips. When you put strip in meter make sure the code that shows on meter matches code on strips. Make sure your hands are clean and your lancet is new. If you still have problems call customer service at 1-800-858-8072. Also…if you are on kidney dialysis…your readings can be strange with this system.