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From Calgary, Alberta, Canada:

I wondered if it would be possible for you to ask a recent questioner what meter they used to use and what meter they now use.

Our son has about the same age and diagnosis time characteristics as their child. We've had the same issues with meter accuracy, particularly in the lower blood sugar range. Beyond replacing our current meter we have with a new but the same one, we haven't made a decision regarding an alternate meter.


In the question you reference, the questioner included the names of their previous and new meters. We made an editorial decision to omit the names for publication.

I've spoken with many health care professionals and people with diabetes about their meters. Every meter has its share of people who like it and people who don't like it, for a variety of reasons. Each meter has, however, passed FDA review and, when used as directed, is sufficiently accurate to meet the needs of daily, in-home blood glucose monitoring.

If you're not happy with your current meter, you have several options:

  1. See if your diabetes team can demonstrate other meters for you. Then you can make an informed decision based on your own first-hand experience.
  2. Ask your diabetes team which meter they recommend.
  3. Ask other people what meter they use. We ran a poll on that subject.
  4. Read the meter reviews we have published.
  5. Look for sales of test strips that include a free meter. You'll often find a meter free with 100 strips. That gives you a chance to try a meter without a large investment.


Original posting 2 Nov 1999
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections


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