how to control diabetes by food

I get different readings from the same meter, even seconds apart! I have 2 meters, one reads about 5 to 8 points below the other most of the time, but not always. I know this about the meters and take it into account when I do the readings. I don;t get all in a knot when I go back to the one that reads higher, wondering what’s wrong So, don’t sweat some variation. Wash your hands, make sure they are dry, then test. If it is with in a reasonable zone, don’t worry, log it and go have a good rest of the day. hey also have control solution to help determine if your meter is accurate. I’ve never had to use it., All and all, the meters give me a good general idea how I am doing throughout the day, BTW, I’m a type 2, if that makes a difference to you. To be honest, I would probably be more frustrated if I had to gauge insulin doses based on the meter reading.
They’re all off to some degree. However I recently switched from a One Touch Ultra to a Freestyle Lite due to insurance and the readings on that are generally within a few points of my Dexcom G5 whereas with the One Touch the readings were never that close. So I’m inclined to say the Freestyle is more accurate,  I love anything by accu-chek. Have been using a relion meter (barf) because my insurance doesn’t kick until April 1. I’ve crashed twice from the relion – caught myself 1x before passing out and well passed out on time, I use the Contour Next machine. It charges through a USB plug. It is very accurate, the most I have had in 24 years. If you don’t have insurance, the strips are expensive, but again, the most accurate that I have ever had. Good luck.
You will also get different readings on the right and left hand. Taken at the same time there can be a 1% difference sometimes. Just stick with one meter. That way you will have consistency in your readings, I just found out there is new wearable device, like a fit bit, that will test your blood sugar without drawing blood. Toshiba is behind the technology, Most of the meters on the market today have a 15 % variability between blood glucose from a lab , You can’t compare meter to meter. If you think your meter isn’t accurate compare it to a lab reading, Best just to use one meter at a time, How much you squeeze your finger will effect blood sugar as it has a increased amount of interstitial fluid. Should be squeezing the whole finger not just the tip if you don’t get a blood drop at first, Should always wash hands even if you don’t touch something sweet it can effect the reading, Has the libra come out in the USA. We don’t have it here in Canada.
I was told in class that the meters have a 15% variance. While changing meters checked with both on same sample 12 points difference, A nurse at the hospital where I took a class at said all meters are about 20% off. From the expensive ones at the hospitals to the cheap ones,  I use a Contour Next USB glucometer, my diabetic specialist advised me it is very accurate. It is very convenient too as it is also a USB key that you can pop into your computer and load the results. Also extremely easy to use and small sized, Accuchek told me I was 17 when I was really around 7! It took me gaining ten kg and constant lows to figure out what was going on. I love freestyle. Three tests in a row shows it’s very accurate so they are now my favourite, I use the Glucomen LX Machine and sensors. I’ve used 3 or 4 units and this seems to be most accurate, as long as you store sensor strips correctly. It’s the best I’ve used and even though it’s cheap, the GP gave me mine for free. That said, each case is different and people respond differently to different units. Hope this helps and you find the one for you.
I researched that very same issue and FreeStyle Lite ratings were number one in all categories. I use the FreeStyle Neo when I’m out for the day and when on vacation, travels well as it is compact, Just pick one and stick with it. Don’t drive yourself crazy comparing. If you test twice with the same meter you can get a different reading,  I like the breeze2 But really you will make yourself crazy using too many machines. Go with one, stick with it, do a test when you have blood drawn, note the difference and take it into account,  I have used 5 different ones, dues to insurance issues. I like the accu check contour best. Insurance only covers aviva, but all of them vary up to 20 % of a lab drawn blood sugar. Just do your best and ask Dr to prescribe more strips than you need for daily use. This allows for double checking if you feel lower or higher than bs is reading.
They are not giving you a true reading! None of them will just like a blood pressure machine! It’s close but not accurate! Make sure you use fingertips, Are you checking them when you get your bloodwork done at the lab? That should give you the best variance of each meter as opposed to a brand, Try Walgreens or abbot brands remember it’s not like a weigh they give different numbers depending on the sugar at the moment depending on the points and fingers you took it out of, We have a free style lite and an accu-check aviva plus. Both are really good. They are both highly recommended.

Michelle Cervantes

Michelle Cervantes

Hi, I'm Michelle and I am a committed campaigner for the promotion of healthier lifestyles. I love my mom, I've tried to have a healthier lifestyle for my mom. Everyone should be happy and healthy life

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