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Shopping for a glucose monitor.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 08, 2010 at 11:49 PM

I want others' advice and experience with buying and using a glucose monitor. What makes and models should I consider, and what features would be helpful? What models should I stay away from?

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For those living outside of the US, the international version of the Aviva is called the Performa. I use one, and like it very much; my only concern was accuracy, so I'm glad to know they are endorsed by Bernstein (whose book is wonderful, BTW).

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I'm interested in the answer to this, too -- accuracy and repeatability are my main concerns.

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on March 09, 2010
at 05:59 PM

Bernstein recommends the Accu Check Aviva. His main concern is accuracy

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on March 09, 2010
at 11:30 PM

For those living outside of the US, the international version of the Aviva is called the Performa. I use one, and like it very much; my only concern was accuracy, so I'm glad to know they are endorsed by Bernstein (whose book is wonderful, BTW).

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on March 09, 2010
at 12:54 AM

It depends on if you are paying for strips yourself, or through insurance. The Walmart Relion brand has some of the cheapest strips around, or buy strips through amazon/other online retailers.

Blood drop size IMHO is one of the most important differences. Smaller sample sizes are easier on your fingers.

There is a nice comparison site at http://www.diabetesnet.com/diabetes_technology/blood_glucose_meters.php

Also, keep in mind meter manufacturers will often send you a free meter (or pay attention to coupons in the Sunday paper)

I'm currently using the Accu Check Aviva

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on March 09, 2010
at 11:01 AM

I use a One Touch Ultra Mini from Lifescan, three of them to be exact. I have no problems with the coding, blood drops, strip costs etc. Fortunately, I have decent Health insurance that pays a very large portion of the strips. You will find that every type of meter has its benefactors and detractors but the bottom line is that all of them are just like any other device, dependent on bells and whistles to sell or in most cases, to give them away. Overall, I believe that you will find that any meter is not as accurate as we would like or need. My meters are often 10 points different, even on the same finger. Unfortunately, that's about all we can expect.

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on March 09, 2010
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I use the Bayer Contour -- just the simple model, not the fancy USB one. I like it for a few reasons...

  • Cheap.
  • Quick and easy to use. Put strip in, prick finger, wait for blood to form, hold strip to blood, wait a few seconds, read number.
  • Small -- in the included carrying case, it'll fit in my jacket pocket. It'll even fit in my jeans pocket though not exactly without bulk.
  • "No Coding". Most monitors these days seem to be "No Coding" but apparently in the past you'd have to calibrate the monitor to match a set of test strips. "No Coding" means no hassle of having to do this and no risk of incorrect results if you forget to do it.
  • It has an alarm feature where you can take a measurement right before eating, then have it beep to notify you two hours later to take a post prandial measurement. Pretty convenient if you're the forgetful type with stuff like that (as I am).

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on March 09, 2010
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I bought my glucose meter after reading Dr. Davis' posts on the subject. I agree with Jolly; go for one with a small blood drop (aka sample) size. And check out Jenny's tips for painless testing.

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on September 30, 2011
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We sell all kind of medical device.

We have instock all brand of diabetic test strips,littman stethoscopes and all kind of ultrasound scanner machines.

For test strips,we have onetouch ultra,Accu chek active,Accu chek aviva,Freestyle lite,bayer contour and Accu check compact.

Littmann stethoscopes:We have Littmann Master Cardiology,Littmann Cardiology III,Littmann Electronic 4100,Littmann Electronic 3000,Littmann Master Classic II,Littmann Classic II S.E. etc.

Ultrasound machines: We have Portable GE VScan ultrasound scanner.

contact us for more details via the below email:

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