Choose a Meter for You

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2010-05-26 00:48:01 -0500
Started 2010-04-28 15:12:48 -0500

I was cruising round dLife today and found a page that lists all the current meters on the market. They have come a long way and choosing one that fits your needs is important to your ability to willingly and cost effectively monitor your glucose numbers. I found the list very informative and wanted to share it with you.

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dr8m1t4 2010-05-26 00:48:01 -0500 Report

This is great information, but I think that there is other information that is important to know.
I started with a WaveSense Jazz meter. It's a great unit, but costs a fortune for strips - even with insurance.
I began to check into assistance programs. Roche, who makes Accu-Chek meters, has a program for Aviva (at least) whereby a membership card along with insurance reduces the cost of strips to around $10 for 25 strips.
Bayer has a similar program for the Contour meter that brings the cost down to $20 or less for strips.
LifeScan (OneTouch) makes the claim that their test strips are nearly always listed as tier 1 supplies with most insurance companies, making them available at the lowest co-pay.
Walmart sells a unit called the ReliOn Micro. I learned that it is manufactured for Walmart by Bayer. The test strips are very reasonably priced even without insurance.
Finally, TrueResult and TrueTest, offered by Walgreens (among others), both have test strips available for reasonable prices even without insurance. From reports that I have read, it appears that the TrueResult unit is preferable, but both are reliable. You can find some of these for very reasonable prices online through Amazon and even eBay - and you don't need a prescription to purchase one.
If you ask your doctor, endocrinologist, diabetes educator or dietician, they probably have meters available for free. You can then try several different ones to see which you prefer. (Don't, however, use different meters for your regular testing, as the results may be somewhat different making it difficult to track highs and lows accurately. Use one for a while, then use a different one for a while - I'd suggest at least one vial of test strips at a time.)
Hope this information helps.

monkeymama 2010-04-29 21:36:22 -0500 Report

I tried using AccuCheck before I was diagnosed (when I had gestational diabetes) and found the unit was just not what I wanted. I researched it carefully and began trying the brand One Touch. I love this brand of meter! I have been using them since I was diagnosed in 2004. They even have offers for free meter as well. It got even better when they teamed up with Animas (my insulin pump company) to make the PING. I will never change. When picking a meter, it is important to look at all of the brands available out there before choosing. YOU have to be happy and fit your person needs and wants in a meter. I would not allow a doctor either to push you into a meter your not going to be happy with. Worse case sanario would be you not working well with tracking your BG.

MAYS 2010-04-29 10:32:57 -0500 Report

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GabbyPA 2010-04-29 09:51:11 -0500 Report

I am in the market for a new one because mine is getting hard to find test strips for. They have come out with an improved version and are phasing out my old one...bummer. It is cheap to get strips for. Now I need to find a new one that I can afford the strips. That is where they always get me. I got a Bayer one last year, but gave it to my mom because her insurance will cover test strips for her. I don't have insurance and it all comes out of pocket.

kdroberts 2010-04-29 10:33:49 -0500 Report

I always had good experiences with Targets EasyPro meter. It needs a bigger blood sample than some of the brand names and doesn't do much but the results were always good and strips are cheap and easy to come by.

GabbyPA 2010-04-29 13:59:01 -0500 Report

Thanks! Our Publix is also offering a similar meter that is Publix branded. I am going to talk to the pharmacist this week about it and see how it works out. I will check out the Target one as well. I don't need a fancy one that does all kinds of things. I am not a gadget person. I use it to test and I keep a log and do my own averaging, so no frills is fine with me.

KitKatt93 2010-04-28 23:51:38 -0500 Report

OMG! There is so many different meters but they mostly all do the same stuff. I like the One Touch Ultra Smart and the Bayer Countor USB.