how can you tell a good meter from a bad

By janald Latest Reply 2010-06-18 09:38:56 -0500
Started 2010-06-17 14:55:19 -0500

hi my name is jana i have been a diabetic four 8 month now i hve run in to problem with my meter this is my second meter now i call it baby has read my blood suger hthe past 5 days i cut down on what i eat, i has a salad and sandwich all day but when i do my testing it rads 148 up i cant under stand that is it my meter or what

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GabbyPA 2010-06-18 09:38:56 -0500 Report

I would tend to agree with KD and that it is most likely not the meter. The goal is to keep your levels from spiking or dropping too low. The more even your levels are the better you will feel. So eating small snack type meals through out the day is better than just one meal. Your body reacts by giving you "energy" from your liver and that raises your levels just as if you had eaten something.
Also, when do you test? Try to test the same time every day, meaning that you try to eat around the same time daily as well. That is something that will help.

RAYT721 2010-06-17 20:24:15 -0500 Report

some meters require coding and some do not. why not contact the manufacturer and ask how to calibrate it? All meters run differently and what you eat will affect your readings. A salad and sandwich diet doesn't sound like the best approach to eating. You should start out with a breakfast… something, anything to kick start your metabolism. You should plan to eat less food but more often. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is trying to diet (aka starve) themselves. It won't help your mind, body or soul to do that. There are plenty of cookbooks and websites for recipes. Sure you want to cut back on calories, carbs, fat, sodium, etc but that doesn't mean to cut OUT any of it. It's possible you have a defective meter but also possible you're trying too hard to force low readings by making them higher. Knowledge is power!!! Read as much as you can.