Can someone help me choose the best monitor and easiest to use.

By BronxnyBob Latest Reply 2011-03-08 21:31:12 -0600
Started 2011-03-03 19:14:51 -0600

I'm not sure what's going on. My reading ranges from 90 all the way to 158 within only a period of 3 or 4 hours. I exercise and am very active. I am on Medformin twice daily.

18 replies

BronxnyBob 2011-03-07 18:36:01 -0600 Report

Case is solved. I purchased the Contour USB. For the last five days I've had excellent readings. Highest was 116 and today I was at 72 before breakfast. That is a dramatic change in my readings with the previous meter. I will keep everyone informed on how it goes. Thanks everybody for your support and advise.

GabbyPA 2011-03-07 21:23:58 -0600 Report

When you say dramatic, how much are you talking? There is a large variance, but you don't want the readings to be inaccurate in the high or low range.

BronxnyBob 2011-03-08 18:03:43 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby, Just posted a great reply to everyone yesterday. I think my meter was acting up. To answer your question. I was doing great with my readings for a few months straight. suddenly there was a change going from an average of 120 daily to going to 160/170. No change in diet etc. I purchase the Contour USB and my readings in the last 5 days have been below 115. Actually had a 74 yesterday. I feel great about that.
Thanks for you reply and concern.

GabbyPA 2011-03-08 21:31:12 -0600 Report

Good deal then. Sometimes meters just get to a point that they are not working well. I always test mine and compare it to the one in the doctor's office. That gives me a benchmark.

Mr. HD
Mr. HD 2011-03-04 14:12:11 -0600 Report

Exercizing initiates putting carbs, energy or fat from your fatty tissie. And like eating puts carbs, sugar into your blood system. It might help to drink a large class of water and wait till the excess carb buildup disapates and there is not an emptiing sugar bag in your blood system.
Mr. HD

Tigereyze209 2011-03-04 14:00:40 -0600 Report

Even a "normal" persons blood sugar varies depending on times of day, level of activity, what they ate, and so on. While it is good to get regular checks at different times of the day, the best indicator of how well you respond to your meds is to check your blood after you first wake up and have not eaten anything yet. That is what is called your fasting check. A side note, but a good idea to get in the habit of washing and drying your hands before you do your stick. Oh, and it does not matter to much where you stick yourself, but it is a good idea to use the same location so your readings are consistent. (By all means, if you stick your finger, you can use another finger, to prevent sores. I just mean, don't switch from like your wrist, to the back of your arm, then a finger, and then some place else. Individual readings are not as important as your trend over time, but you need to use about the same locations so your readings are consistent. Different sites can give different readings, even if you do them one after another.)
What you can best do it to write down in a log, the different times, dates and the readings, and just a short note describing how you feel, or if this is before or after you eat a particular meal, If your reading is very hi or low, you need to deal with it, but otherwise, you need to keep track of your differant reading, and make sure to go over them with your doctor or nurse, so they can see any abnormal patterns, or if they might need to make an adjustment in your diet, activity level, or medications. Other than that, it sounds like you are probably off to a good start. Good luck.

realsis77 2011-03-04 11:11:58 -0600 Report

Hi.have you performed a test on your meter to make sure its reading correctly? Usually meters come with a red solution for making sure the meter is correct. You match the reading of the red dye with the numbers on the back of the test strip bottle and it will tell you if your meter is running high low or normal! I always perform random meter tests with the dye to insure accuracy of the meter! Its always best to check them all to make sure there reading correctly.I personally use the element meter only because insurance covers the strips and meter monthly. If I had a choice and money to buy the expensive strips id choose the usb meter that hooks up to the computer! Its like a smart meter. Its called contour usb. Its built with tech inside of it. But the strips are sooo very expensive. I'm stuck with only what insurance will cover because I test 4 times a day and use insulin so testing is very important. If I had to pay out of pocket for strips I couldn't afford it. So I just stick with my element meter and check its acuracy regularrly to make sure all is well with it. Good luck and remember no matter what meter you choose do a test to make sure its reading correctly. :)

BronxnyBob 2011-03-04 13:24:38 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info. I do test it at least once a month. I have pretty good insurance coverage so I think I'll try the meter you refer to.
I am just concerned that if I don't get it under control, I will have to either change my medication, which is Medformin once a day to something else.
Thanks again.

realsis77 2011-03-04 13:55:58 -0600 Report

Hi. I think you'll enjoy the meter! Espically if the health insurance covers it! Wow you only test once a moth! You probably should test more than that. My doctor has me testing 4 times a day! Its the only way I know where I'm at. I also take insulin so I really need to know where my numbers are. I wish you the very best , good luck, and God bless!

kdroberts 2011-03-04 14:00:32 -0600 Report

I think he means he tests the meter with control solutions once a month. In my opinion that's once a month too much!

realsis77 2011-03-04 14:52:30 -0600 Report

Oh. Thank you for clearing that up for me! :) I misunderstood!. Every so often I do test my meters with the solution because I've had problems with inaccaurcy in my meters before when I wasn't checking them. When I finally performed my test I found out my meter was way off base and running low. So I learned. Now I do check just to insure its running correctly.

BronxnyBob 2011-03-04 08:56:00 -0600 Report

For many months my blood sugar tested at between 95 to 120. Very rarely did it exceed 120 (only when I wasn't a good boy) Holidays and such. I just don't understand why it's taken such a turn. I am active and exercise almost every day. I truly expect it to be around the 100/110 reading more consistantly. Thank you all for your responses and concerns.

kartua 2011-03-07 04:50:16 -0600 Report

some foods take longer to get into your blood stream. i don't think it is your meter. also take your readings at the same time every day and see if they don't stabalise

kdroberts 2011-03-04 07:28:50 -0600 Report

Your blood sugar is changing constantly and everything you eat and do will play into it. What are you expecting your blood sugar to be when you test?

GabbyPA 2011-03-04 05:44:23 -0600 Report

We have a great section here called Product Reviews and I have called up the meter reviews here.

Check them out and see what our members are saying about the meters they use or have used personally.

I like the True series because they are relatively cheap and fairly accurate when I compare to my doctor office readings.

I just purchased a Reli-on micro because the test strips in the store are inexpensive and the blood sample is very small. So is the meter and it fits in my purse much better.

Harlen 2011-03-03 20:07:35 -0600 Report

They are all close to the same do you have any prob with your eyes? if you do they even make a meter that talks to you lol
Best wishes
PS thame #s are good and normal

Percy Jackson
Percy Jackson 2011-03-03 19:36:27 -0600 Report

Ok well that amout of flexuation for bg is normal but if you would like a new reliable meter I suggest the one touch ping, accucheck compact plus, or the one touch ultra 2 as good meters I have all of them and they work great and also have good customer service as well. Hope this helps.

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