What Does A Blood Glucose Meter Do?

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Are Blood Glucose Meters Accurate? New Data On 18 Meters

Results from the Diabetes Technology Society’s Blood Glucose Meter Surveillance Program identifies only six out of 18 meters that passed. Did yours make the cut? The Diabetes Technology Society (DTS) recently revealed long-awaited results from its Blood Glucose Monitor System (BGMS) Surveillance Program. The rigorous study tested the accuracy of 18 popular blood glucose meters (BGM) used in the US. These FDA-cleared meters were purchased through retail outlets and tested rigorously at three study sites in over 1,000 people (including 840 people with diabetes). The results were troubling: only six out of the 18 devices met the DTS passing standard for meter accuracy – within 15% or 15 mg/dl of the laboratory value in over 95% of trials. The devices that passed were: Contour Next from Ascensia (formerly Bayer) – 100% Accu-Chek Aviva Plus from Roche – 98% Walmart ReliOn Confirm (Micro) from Arkray – 97% CVS Advanced from Agamatrix – 97% FreeStyle Lite from Abbott – 96% Accu-Chek SmartView from Roche – 95% The devices that failed were: Walmart ReliOn Prime from Arkray – 92% OneTouch Verio from LifeScan – 92% OneTouch Ultra 2 from LifeScan – 90% Walmart ReliOn Ulti Continue reading >>

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  1. anonymous

    I have been taking Metformin for a few months. My doctor wants me to eventually be on 1700 mg a day but to move up slowly. I haven't been able to get above 850 mg (1 pill a day, taken with dinner) because of the terrible stomach side effects. Basically, most days I have diarrhea several times a day, a little while after I eat anything.
    I have read the other questions about how to avoid side effects and have followed the advice about things to eat, but, I am still having trouble. I can eat the same thing two days in a row then be fine one day and have trouble the next. There's no rhyme or reason to it.
    Luckily I work alone most of the time, but now I have a problem. I am going to a very important business conference next week and I simply cannot run out of meetings constantly to go to the bathroom. My absensce would definitely be noted and while I suppose I could explain my problem as medication side effects, it would be much better if I didn't have trouble at all.
    Basically I want to stop taking the Metformin for a few days, until I return from my conference.
    I have appointments with my doctor and a nutritionist set up to talk about this but of course I couldn't get in until after I come back. I am NOT DIABETIC!! (Making that bold so people would see it.) I take the Metformin due to a hormone imbalance and have never had an abnormal blood sugar reading. I guess the point is to keep me from being diabetic.
    Has anyone ever done this? Does it even stop the side effects immediately? I don't want to have a blood sugar rebound problem either.
    Also, any other advice would be great. If I could keep taking the Metformin but avoid the stomach problems I would.
    Thanks, everyone.

  2. Brandon Blatcher

    I take the Metformin due to a hormone imbalance and have never had an abnormal blood sugar reading. I guess the point is to keep me from being diabetic.
    Hey, I'm diabetic who take Metaformin, but since you're not a diabetic it's hard to say how it would affect you and of course, I'm not a doctor. You really should get a professional opinion on this, as you don't mention what your hormone imbalance is or you case history.
    Call the doctor's office and pointedly ask them the question you're asking here. Raise a little hell if you have to. Keep calling, be firm, but polite.
    My absensce would definitely be noted and while I suppose I could explain my problem as medication side effects, it would be much better if I didn't have trouble at all.
    I had a somewhat similar issue in that I was eating small meals or snacks throughout the day to help control the diabetes. Sometimes this would in the middle of very important meetings and I'd get that look or a crack about eating at the time. My attitude was and is, fuck it, this what I have to do to stay healthy, get over it. A politer, more business like way of saying that is "Oh, I doing this for medical reasons, so I can be more efficient doing my work."
    The situation isn't totally analogous to yours, but my point is that you shouldn't sacrifice your health for medical reasons. Do what you gotta and juggle a few hats to make the business stuff work.

  3. TedW

    To a large extent it depends on why you are taking the metformin. Your doc should at least be able to talk to you on the phone to let you know whether or not you can stop for a few days.

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Here we show users how to set up the meter for the very first time after delivery. The FED BGM II Blood Glucose Meter is demonstrated, the battery is inserted and the time and date are set to allow the memory function to work. The display scale for blood glucose is selected, users are shown how to select either mmol/l or G/dl for the display of blood glucose levels and get the blood glucose meter ready to do a first blood sugar level test. http://www.valuemed.co.uk/acatalog/FE...

Blood Glucose Meter: How To Choose

Many types of blood glucose meters are available. Here's how to choose one that fits your needs and lifestyle. If you have diabetes, you'll likely need a blood glucose meter to measure and display the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Exercise, food, medications, stress and other factors affect your blood glucose level. Using a blood glucose meter can help you better manage your diabetes by tracking any fluctuations in your blood glucose level. Many types of blood glucose meters are available, from basic models to more-advanced meters with multiple features and options. The cost of blood glucose meters and test strips varies, as does insurance coverage. Study your options before deciding which model to buy. Choosing the right meter When selecting a blood glucose meter, it can help to know the basics of how they work. To use most blood glucose meters, you first insert a test strip into the device. Then you prick a clean fingertip with a special needle (lancet) to get a drop of blood. You carefully touch the test strip to the blood and wait for a blood glucose reading to appear on the screen. When used and stored properly, blood glucose meters are generally accurate in how the Continue reading >>

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  1. Terrie

    *Blood Glucose Conversion Chart*

    Blood Glucose Conversion
    U.S. value = UK / Canadian value times 18 (mmol/L x 18 = mg/dl).
    U.K./Canadian value = U.S. value divided by 18 (mg/dl / 18 = mmol/L).
    In a person without diabetes, blood sugar is normally between
    80 and 110 mg/dl.
    Blood Glucose Conversion Chart (mg/dL-mmol/L)
    mg/- mmol/-mg/--mmol/-mg/---mmol/--mg/--mmol/

  2. Xenon

    Very useful, thanks. Being in Canada, we use mmol/L. I once told a friend in the US, a fellow diabetic, that I finally got my glucose level under 10; he asked how I could possibly still be alive when he was trying to keep it around 100. (That was when I learned they measure differently in the USA.)

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This video demonstrates the blood glucose tests strip packs from Easy Life for use in the Easy Life Glucose meter system or Easy Life Triple meter systems http://www.valuemed.co.uk/acatalog/Ea...

How Blood Glucose Meters Work

Source: Web exclusive: May 2011 Using a blood glucose meter If you have diabetes, a blood glucose meter could well be your new best friend, and critical to successfully managing your disease. “A glucose meter is a tool to help know where your blood sugar is at, and what affects it,” says Karen McDermaid, a diabetes educator in Moosomin, Sask. There are lots of different models of meters’also called blood glucose monitors or glucometers’but they all work the same way: They detect the level of sugar in your blood, and give you the results almost instantly. It all comes down to chemistry Wondering how a glucose meter works? Remember high-school science class? First, you use a lancet to pierce your skin and apply a drop of blood to the meter’s test strip. Next, a series of chemical reactions takes place between the sugar in your blood and substances on the test strip, creating ferrocyanide. An electrical current flows from the ferrocyanide to the glucose meter, which uses the strength of this current to measure the amount of glucose in your blood. The meter converts it to the digital number that you record in your logbook. How not to slip up It’s possible to get an inaccura Continue reading >>

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  1. SamAdam

    what is poorly controlled diabetes

    Can someone explain what is considered poorly controlled diabetes.
    What are the factors that are considered when type 2 (thats me) is considered poorly controlled diabetic.
    Is it a1c or is it fasting or post prandial. what is the definition of poorly controlled diabetes.

  2. Nan OH

    My doctor requires I log every test that I take. He looks at those numbers and notations I have made. He looks at my HbA1c for the average for the past 3 months. We discuss it but MY doctor is different from most. If any of your indicators are consistently showing numbers of 150 or more, then you are having problems controlling your diabetes.
    Much would depend on other medical conditions, medications you use, whether you use insulin, etc. You say diet and exercise and that you are running in a 113-134 range and are also in the process of steady weight loss - my personal opinion is that you seem to be working hard and having success. Keep up the good work.

  3. jim55

    IMO, anthing under six is good over time, say a year. This shows you are controling numbers in a healthy way. Over all, if ones numbers are static or not rising over the same period regardless of the a1c shows one has stopped progression. Once progression is halted one can explore alternitive ways to improve. This is whats called being proactive in controle.

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