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which blood glucose meter is the most accurate

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i have the freestyle meter and one touch mini meters and i tested in the same spot twice today and they were 2 points in the difference the one touch was higher

 

so my questions are which meter do you use? and why do you like it? also how accurate do you think it is?

 

thanks in advance

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I used to use the one touch ultra smart, now I use the one touch ultra mini. It fits me better, easier to carry around. Plus I have the ultra smart as backup now because they use the same strips. Hope my input helped.:)

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One Touch Ultra 2 - because the lancet does not hurt and requires small sample. When at the hospital, there lancets actually hurt and takes a large drop of sample.

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When it comes to meters and test strips I don't use the word "accuracy", I use the word "ball park". Accuracy is a word best used for things that actually "are" accurate. Glucometers don't fall into that catagory, IMO. I've even gone to the point of doing a blood test on all 10 fingers and getting 10 different readings. Until glucometers become more realistic in their results...I suggest you ask for a free meter that uses the least expensive test strips.

 

When I was first diagnosed and hospitalized, one night the nurse took my BG reading and it was 441. I told her I didn't feel 441 would she test me again. The next test was 380. That was with a 'high dollar' medical-grade glucometer. Imagine the 'accuracy' that goes into a glucometer that they're willing to give away.

 

As to which meter do I use? I use an Accu-Chek Compaq Plus for 4 reasons. One, Accu-Chek sent me the meter free. Two, it takes a 17-test-strip drum. Three, medicare pays for the test strips...and four, it uses AAA batteries.

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i have the freestyle meter and one touch mini meters and i tested in the same spot twice today and they were 2 points in the difference the one touch was higher

so my questions are which meter do you use? and why do you like it? also how accurate do you think it is?

thanks in advance

 

Per FDA any and all meters sold in the USA are required to be +/-20% from the labs.

However NO two finger sticks or tests (even from the same drop of blood) will be the same.

For me to guage accuracy I will do a bg test with the same vial of blood that they are doing a HbA1c off of.. as they also do a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), and if it is more than +/-5 from the lab I don't use the meter.

-Freestyle meters are usually 3-5 points off from the lab.

-Precision Xtra is 5-6 points from the lab, however I do not use it for blood sugars.. only for blood ketones as it is THE ONLY meter that checks blood ketones.. otherwise you have to use ketosticks which you urinate on and get a neg/trace/small/med/or large ketones, and not a number which I like.

-Bayer Contour.. is consistantly 3-4 points from the labs, and this is the meter I use.. purple in colour.

Why I use it.. 1. No coding; 2. Customer service is one of the best in the meter market.

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It's not just the meters, batches of strips vary as well. If you look at lab evaluations of meters they seem to test three batches of strips per meter and invariably one of those batches is markedly different from the other two.

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I use whatever meter that they are giving away for free and never try to compare meters or you will go crazy. Use one meter and believe what it says.

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I absolutely agree with imac. Trusting the meter and not comparing is a way to stay sane. Having said that I use an Accucheck Aviva and find it is quite consistent. Not cheap for strips though if you don't have insurance coverage.

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I have been using the One Touch Ultra2 for a long time. Some experience with others, but that has been my main meter - with the One Touch Mini at work. But, I tried to get a USB cable from Lifescan to download my data & while they agreed, they never sent it.

 

So, I'm giving the Wavesense Keynote a try with the Zero Click software. The test strip prices are lower than Lifescan's, too, although I think my insurance co-pay will be the same.

 

Oh, the lancet needle is finer than One Touch & it uses a smaller sample.

 

Can't say much about accuracy yet. Just in the first two weeks of trying the Keynote. But, I'm happy to update if anyone is interested later on.

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I was using a true result meter I bought out of pocket. Then I found out my INS only covered the freestyle lite. The numbers between the two meters (my own experiment) are often over 30 points off which is drastically unacceptable. I am waiting for some ultra mini strips to add that to the comparison. I find it disconcerting & troubling that often -especially with my fasting glucose - same finger prick & sometimes the same drop of blood they are over 40 points different. Insight welcome, Amy 1.5

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Can the One Touch Ultra 2 and One Touch Ultra Mini use same strips?

 

All of the One Touch Ultra series meters use the same strips. The original Ultra, Ultra2, UltraSmart, UltraMini, UltraLink (for Minimed pump users) and the Ping (for Animas pump users). This is why I like my Lifescan meters. I can use my UltraLink during the day, my UltraSmart at night, an UltraMini if I'm running out for a short time and want something small. I only need one kind of strip to use all meters. It also makes it easier to have multiple meters that you can leave in various places.

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All of the One Touch Ultra series meters use the same strips. The original Ultra, Ultra2, UltraSmart, UltraMini, UltraLink (for Minimed pump users) and the Ping (for Animas pump users). This is why I like my Lifescan meters. I can use my UltraLink during the day, my UltraSmart at night, an UltraMini if I'm running out for a short time and want something small. I only need one kind of strip to use all meters. It also makes it easier to have multiple meters that you can leave in various places.

 

Thanks for this information. :)

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I used to mainly use accu-cheks, but I find that Freestyle lite appears a bit more consistent in my experience. They are easy and convenient, too, these issues rate highly for me once a tester is about as accurate as I would expect (which is not all that accurate, given current guidelines).

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I am a relion man, Wally World, cheap, almost free meter, and 100 strips are $40. When it all comes out of pocket you make choices, some you don't like others you do. I trust my meter though, it is accurate as far as I can tell.

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I use the one One Touch Ultra system. The strips control range is 97-130 mg/dl. This represents an average of 114 mg/dl, +/-15% within the strips. My assumption is that the precision of the meter itself rather tight and that variations comes from the strip themselves disallowing any user errors or contamination.

 

It's what we have at the moment and certainly beats the yesteryears of testape and pee sticks.

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I have almost all the one touch ultra brands and have used them all. but I own 7 different colored Ultramini's and love them all. I have tested 4 side by side and they have only been 3 points off +/- I use all 7 because I keep one in each car, one in purse, one in kitchen, one in bedroom one in swim bag, and an extra just incase. plus they have all been free!!!

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I used the Accu check active for 10 years or more. The reason I finally changed was that the new testers needed much less blood. It had a brilliant wet-suit skin for a case, that was perfectly ergonomically suited to testing very quickly.

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Has any of you have had a meter. let's say for more than 10 years?

 

I used my Lifescan One Touch Profile for about 8 years. The only reason I switched is because the pharmacy gave me the One Touch Ultra strips by mistake one time and I didn't realize it for awhile, until I used my previous batch. I then opened a box without thinking and discovered they were the wrong strips. I called Lifescan and they sent me an Ultra meter. I then decided I wanted the UltraSmart and got that and I've continued to use meters in the Ultra series ever since. My UltraSmart is closing in on 6 years old and while it's no longer my main meter (I use the UltraLinks mostly now) I still use it at night.

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I have been using the Accu-Chek compact since Dx. I like that you don't have to code or handle each strip, plus the lancet is attached to the meter. I've been getting the newest model each time it comes out and now using the black Compact plus which lights up. In very direct sunlight it can be a little hard to read the result but I like it.

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I would say no, you won't lose your data. Most, if not all, glucometers have a capacitor that retains energy and feeds the memory of your meter. I think around 5 minutes is the time it gives you to change batteries (check your Owners Manual). If you take longer than that the meter loses it's preferential settings and your day, week, and month "averages".

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i have to put in my vote for the Contour USB as a backup/travel meter. It uses the Bayer Contour strips, is only a little bigger than an average flash drive, has a color display, actually functions as a flash drive, and when you want to upload the results to your PC/MAC, you just connect it to a USB port and it puts all the data into the enclosed software. It's usually $79 or so, but I got one at CVS a couple weeks ago for $9 with their free prescription card.

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I agree with what people are pointing out about accuracy. I want to add that I do like my contour. Not because I believe it to be more accurate, but of the ones I have tried, it is the most consistent. Similar readings between fingers/meters. The consistency of the meter helps me keep where I want.

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