Diabetic Connect Staff

Q:

How often should I replace my meter?

Farrah M

A:

A meter can last for several years depending on how well it is taken care of and what the manufacturer suggests. With how technology evolves with newer and more sophisticated models (like the iPhone, which I am sure in the future you will be able to test your sugar in addition to (Siri) telling you the results… wow that would be something!) it really depends 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. ** Most insurance companies will cover a new meter every 5 years**

January 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm