Best Glucose Meter 2017

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Best Glucometers

Compact, easy-to-use glucometers are the norm When it comes to blood glucose meters, fewer steps mean fewer mistakes. So the best glucose meters are those that make the basic process of testing your blood sure as foolproof as possible: Insert test strip, prick finger, apply blood, read result. The tiny FreeStyle Lite (Est. $25) home glucose monitor -- itself no bigger than a pack of gum -- goes one step further by requiring only 0.3 microliters of blood for each sample. Users love the small sample size, which they say makes the testing process much less painful and intimidating. They also appreciate that the meter beeps once you've added enough blood and that if you don't get enough blood onto the test strip with your first try, you have up to 60 seconds to add more blood. There's also no need for manual coding when you open a new set of test strips, which helps cut down on possible errors. Even more important than its comfort and user-friendly features, the FreeStyle Lite receives some of the best scores for accuracy and repeatability in clinical trials and from a leading consumer research organization. And although this isn't the newest meter on the block, users still love it for Continue reading >>

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  1. David48

    I recently read an article on Diatribe about the results of a blood glucose monitor accuracy study. My main meter, Dario, wasn’t included in the study, but my secondary meter, a OneTouch Ultra, was. The OneTouch scored 90% accuracy compared to laboratory values. After reading the article I thought I might buy a better meter, so when I was at CVS yesterday I got a CVS Advanced meter, which scored 97% accuracy in the study.
    This morning I tested my blood glucose on all three meters using the same finger stick (same drop of blood, just keep squeezing), and here is what they said:
    Dario - 101
    OneTouch - 110
    CVS Advanced - 128

    That’s a big range of values. So the questions now becomes: which one do I trust? I know that there is really no way of knowing which one is more accurate without knowing what the true laboratory value would be. I will get another blood draw in October to test A1C and will try to replicate this experiment at that time. But in the meantime, what would you do? Which meter would you trust?

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  2. Tim35

    We have been using the One Touch Ultra for years. Seems to work fine but we never really did a comprehensive test ourself so maybe we are just living in blissful ignorance? Or maybe the meter/strips really work well for us?
    In any event, I am trying to work with a distributor and insurance and doctor to switch over to the Contour Next series. The various website reviews and the experiences of people on this forum and another forum have been overwhelmingly positive with the Contour Next so it just seems a reasonable course of action.
    Exactly what do you mean by “same drop of blood just keep squeezing” because that sounds to me like it was the same fingerstick with multiple drops of blood. First drop, first meter, squeeze again on the same fingerstick, more blood, next meter, squeeze again, more blood, next meter.
    With the same meter, I do not get the same results on the first drop and the second drop from a given fingerstick.
    If you really want to put these things through the wringer, I would suggest more tests. Mix things up. Record everything in terms of what/when/whatever so you can go back and review.
    Do the same test in reverse order.
    Do another test with each single meter but doing three tests with that particular meter from the one fingerstick.
    Test each meter again a different finger.

    Run your own suite and see what you get. Do you consistently see one meter running higher than another? Does one meter seem to have more fluctuations than another meter?

  3. DiabetesOldie

    One test with three meters really isn’t enough to establish much of anything. As you probably know, every meter has some range of error. So, your high reading might be at the high end for that meter and the low end for the others. And even if all three meters gave you an identical reading on multiple tests, that would only tell you that they are likely highly repeatable. Real accuracy can only be known by comparing with a lab standard.
    I’ve written in several other posts how I have tested meters. I collect multiple drops of blood in a small container and mix them thoroughly. Then I quickly test that sample with the multiple meters. And I do this test multiple times when my blood sugar is at different levels. Even so, I cannot test for accuracy. I can only hope that when multiple meters give repeatable and equivalent results, that they are all converging on an accurate value.

    Short answer is that good meters give a good approximation of the true value, but none are perfect. Consider though, what your response will be to a meter reading. For me, a 30 mg difference in reading will suggest an additional unit of insulin. Given the way my blood sugar varies from minute to minute and from one finger to the next, that kind of error is probably tolerable, if not optimum. And, of course, at the low end of the range, I factor in how I feel and act accordingly.

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