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Meter and Strips too Cold

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It has been cold here the last few days.  I came down this morning and took my BG as usual. A strange symbol showed up on my meter.  I didn't recognize so I looked it up.  The symbol was a thermometer and indicated that the meter and/or the strips were not within the correct temperature (50 - 104 F).  I had not seen that before. My meter is a Re-lion Prime.

Do any of you have experience with this?  I have moved the meter from the floor to the top of the radiator.  I hope this helps.

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I have not seen that symbol but I have heard not to let them get too cold. When I Mailorder my strips I worry about the ones thst get shipped in the winter.

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I don't know too much about radiators but I would be fearful of the supplies getting too hot.

 

This might sound weird but maybe putting them in a small pouch and sleeping with them under the covers would be the trick.

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I have had that happen with my True2Go meter before.  Its really as simple as letting it warm up a bit.  Even holding it in your hands for a minute or so will likely do the trick. 

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I get an error msg on my meter  in Winter if I leave it in the office so make a habit of taking it to the bedroom.

Even though neither room is heated over night, our body heat must be enough to keep the bedroom a little warmer then the office.

 

Today is to be 106F so I'll put the meter in a cooler room then the office.

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I lived in a place that was very cold for most of the year and snowed...everything froze and it was actually warmer to put things in the fridge than leaving them out!  I noticed that if I insulated things with aluminium foil that it helped...maybe you could try wrapping the strip bottle and gluometer  in aluminium foil and see if it helps - - if that doesn't work you could check these out https://www.diabetesqld.org.au/shop-online/products/diabetes-queensland-products/insulated-travel-packs.aspx

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Thanks for the suggestions.  I did move it from the radiator and it is on a desk.  The thermometer symbol has disappeared.  It was really cold last night and I suspect that the floor was the coldest part of the house.  Anyway, I will keep diligent and make sure the meter and strips, which are in a small case, don't get that cold again.

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I keep mine either on the nightstand or in the bathroom, It is getting colder, I hope the move will help you.

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It has been pretty cold here this past week, even with my thermostat set at 64 my meter never shows that symbol. Are you keeping it in an unheated room?

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My Relion Prime also has issues in the cold. We keep the house very cold at night so I put it on top of the refrigerator at night. Sometimes I have to put the meter and strips in my pocket in the morning.

Does your meter seem to run high in the cold? I think my Relion is running high because my numbers went way up when the weather turned very cold. My home A1c test was low, but I know those can run low so I suppose I just need to compare to a fasting BG at the lab. Just curious.

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I haven't noticed any temp issues with my ReliOn Prime.  We keep the temp turned down in our house at night and have no central heating on the second floor, where I keep my meter.  So far I haven't had any issues, though I doubt we've hit below 55 on the second floor.  The numbers have been in range of what I would expect.  It could be, however, that things are still warm enough that a problem wouldn't show up.

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I've always suspected that the temperature of the meter and strips plays a part in the actual displayed value of a test. I use a OneTouch Ultra 2 and it's pretty consistent.

 

It's 61º in here right now. Awhile ago I took a BG test and got 107mg/dL. I then took the meter and strips and put them next to my body for about a half hour. Took another test and got 91mg/dL.

 

If you find your BG tests are higher lately because of the cold...you might want to try this and see if the cold is affecting your tests.

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One Eye, that's about the difference I have noted too. We keep the house at 52F at night, and the thermostat is in the warmer (better insulated) part of the house so it gets pretty cold in here. Great for postmenopausal sleeping but perhaps not for the glucometer! Sometimes it's just hard to know if my blood sugars are off or my meter or strips.

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I don't have this issue but to those of you who are having an issue with cold I wonder if you used an insulated bag to keep your meter in if it would help. An insulated lunch bag is pretty cheap and would prevent the cold from effecting the meter if placed in there when it was at room temperature in the daytime. You could even use a wide mouth thermos bottle.

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Sometimes it's just hard to know if my blood sugars are off or my meter or strips.

 

I suggest, that to get a constant, that meters and strips maintain a constant temperature range. It could be...that the 15% variance that manufactures are allowed...might be because of the temperature of the meter.

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Interesting comments from all of you.  

We set our thermostat to 55F or lower at night.  During the day we set it to 63F or 65F.

The meter is in the case with the strips and the case is in a plastic/cloth tote bag.

I really think the day this happened it had turned really cold, in the teens, and was windy.  Our old house is still very drafty so during the winter it is seldom warm.

Thanks, everyone, this had turned out to be a very informative thread.

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Peersonaly l have never had this happen, l always keep mine in my coumpter desk drawer in my bedroom,. We have central heat. & air plus l have a wall heater (it use propane) but one of my friends did

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My One Touch meters won't work if they get  down around 40 degrees F. That is only an issue when I ski or snowshoe. Those times I keep the meter and strips inside my shrt.

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