How many years should you use your tester before you change it?

Farrah M


Hi and thanks for the question! Below is a response to a similar question I answered back in August. I hope this helps! A meter can last for several years depending on how well it is taken care of and what the manufacturer suggests. It also can depend on what you want and how well your meter has performed for you. However here are some tips that can help prolong the life of your meter: · Avoid using expired test strips · Keep it as clean as possible (Keeping it in a case will help, also check the meter’s manual for proper handling) · Check the meter for any signs of damage on the outside casing. If you are getting consistent inaccurate readings I would definitely contact the manufacturer first as they should be able to assist you in either correcting the problem or simply replacing the exact same meter you have or for a newer model. Also you can always consult your doctor to see what he or she would recommend if you are in the market for a newer meter!

February 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

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RebDee 2014-05-31 14:21:06 -0500 Report

I have had the same meter for about 5 years as it "talks" to my insulin pump to tell it what my blood sugars are. I have had my pump for 7 years. I get new test strips monthly. Medicare said that after 7 years, I could get a new pump and new meter. This is not true as it depends on your insurance through which Medicare goes. Kaiser Permanente says that if your meter and pump are in good working order, they will not replace them intill they stop working. I think that is too late for me because once it stops working, I won't be getting my insulin properly. Of course, if I continue to eat properly and lose weight, I might not have to use my pump at all.