By merne Latest Reply 2010-03-25 13:58:04 -0500
Started 2010-03-22 21:42:30 -0500

I would like to know what kind of meters you use and why. I am needing a new one and just don't know where to start.
Would love some input !!!

4 replies

Hinboyz3 2010-03-25 13:58:04 -0500 Report

Hi there, I use a meter from the local drugstore called true to go. It was inexpensive and even sent me a check to cover the cost of it. It works great and the test strips are reasonable too. You can find it lots of places good luck.

spiritwalker 2010-03-23 13:42:55 -0500 Report

It depends on what your insurance will cover. What features you want also
matters. The more features the more costly the test strips. If you just need
a meter go to " find Solutions" at the left of screen and they offer a free
meter. The most expensive have the ability to interface with your computer.
I have several meters. I like the old free style the best.

kdroberts 2010-03-23 09:52:40 -0500 Report

First start with your insurance company, they may dictate what type they will cover. If you don't have insurance or are not bothered about the cost, start looking at features that are important to you. Tagging readings based on meals, on board data vs downloadable data, alarms, blood sample size, back light, strip size, coding, vs chips vs no coding, that sort of stuff. If you are paying 100% out of pocket then look at the price of test strips, own brands like Target's EasyPro and WalMart's Relion are good examples of basic meters with cheaper strips.

Personally I like and use the OneTouch UltraSmart because of the features it has. I tried the Ultra2 and UltraMini but preferred the Smart, the Aviva has good strips and sample size but I didn't like the limitations on what the meter could do, I hated everything about the freestyle meters other than the small blood sample, the bayer contour was OK but the meter lacked fatures I wanted and the Target EasyPro was great but very basic and needed a big sample.

MAYS 2010-03-22 22:25:56 -0500 Report

My recommendation of a meter to anyone would be based on features such as the ability to upload your information to your computer or laptop to maintain a database of your glucose levels, most meters now have this feature, you could see patterns of behavior, examine it visually on screen, print it out or email it to your doctor.

Other features to look for are display size, memory capacity for holding data, but even more important would be the cost of the test strips needed for your meter, many brands, many to choose from, my choice of a meter to recommend would be the OneTouch Ultra Smart by Lifescan Inc. .

If size is an issue, Lifescan also makes the Onetouch UltraMini line :

If cost is a major factor, Walmart carries a meter for under $10.00
that is both reliable and economical, the Reli-On Ultima :

I believe in giving someone multiple choices rather than making a single recommendation, this chart should help you in comparing Blood Glucose Meters and Features :

Good Luck !


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