Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Alpine, Utah, USA:

My child's doctor only wants us using only the LifeScan OneTouch Ultra meters because he says they are more accurate than the Freestyle Flash. However, I prefer the Flash because it gives me more time if I can't get enough blood and I love the nightlight for night tests. I was told by the pharmacist that all meters must pass the same tests, and while my doctor acknowledges that, he believes the OneTouch to be more accurate. Everything on this web site also substantiates the claim that all meters are reasonably accurate. Any opinions to share?


Both FreeStyle and Ultra blood glucose meter families are very highly regarded in the professional community for their accuracy and are both used extensively in clinical research studies. (So are other meters, but you're your question is about these two types of meters.)

These meters are also very popular among CWD families -- 29% report using a FreeStyle meter (Flash, Lite, FreeStyle, Freedom, or CozMonitor) and 38% report using a OneTouch Ultra class of meter (UltraSmart, Ultra, Ultra2, or Mini). You can see our poll from April 2008 for the most recent data as of this answer.

The port light on the FreeStyle Flash and FreeStyle Lite definitely makes testing at night or in the dark (e.g., a movie theater) much easier and one big reason that these meters are quite popular among parents who check at night.


Original posting 8 Jul 2008
Posted to Other and Blood Tests and Insulin Injections


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: (none)
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.