Measuring Blood Sugar

Answered on August 27, 2013
Created August 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I was just curious if any non diabetics measure their blood sugar after a meal or throughout the day as another way of measuring the impact their diet is having on their body. I have been toying with the idea of picking up some equipment and was wondering if anyone else who does the same can recommend any good, cheap brands to do so with.

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on August 27, 2013
at 07:28 PM

I do measure my blood sugar, but only from time to time. I wanted to get a sense of (especially) my fasting glucose levels and I did that primarily during the first weeks of ketosis.

I have to admit that while I did also check to see if I have some signs of elevated glucose levels, I mainly did it because I was curious; so I didn't have a real health-related reason to measure it.

I use the FreeStyle Precision, but I mainly use it for measuring my blood ketone levels. It is - like most blood glucose/ketone meters - inexpensive. What you should mainly be looking at (besides how accurate it seems to be) is the price of the strips, because the strips (and lancets) will be what drives costs; the price of the meter won't matter long-term. So you should check the prices for strips and lancets of different meters and see how costs will vary.

I personally do recommend the Precision, but I can't compare it to other meters, because it's the only one I ever had.

By the way: In the U.S. there is the Precision Xtra and here in Germany there also is the Precision Xceed. I am not aware of the differences, but they all do look the same.



on August 27, 2013
at 07:27 PM

I'm not diabetic, but I am insulin resistant, so I do this sometimes to see what impact certain foods have.

The biggest trick to buying equipment (a blood glucose meter, test strips, and a lancet device) is the cost of the test strips. It's like printers and ink--meters are very inexpensive and often free (if you send for the rebate) but test strips can be VERY expensive. So shop by cost of strips first, and then availability second.

Walmart has the Relion brand meters and test strips very inexpensively, BUT, I don't use that brand because there's no Walmart in my town, although there are Walmarts in two nearby towns. However, often when I go to Walmart, they are out of the strips, or the Pharmacy counter is closed and you have to get them from there--they don't have them out on the shelves because it's any easy item to shoplift. One day at Walmart there was a long line for the pharmacy window. Right when I got to the front of the line, the clerk literally closed the pharmacy window in my face. It was noon and lunch hour, and the pharmacy was closed. So no matter how inexpensive the test strips are, life is too short for that aggravation and rotten customer service!

So I have a different meter (True Test) and strips which are not as economical as Relion, but on the low end as for cost (and supposedly on the high end for accuracy) and available everywhere. I watch for sales, which happen frequently between the major drug chains. There's even a tiny meter in that brand that fits on the cap of the test strip vial, so I have a portable meter I can easily carry in my purse.

Shop around in your area at drugstores you frequent and compare the price of test strips. You can also buy test strips online for good prices. There's a range of accuracy in test strips, but if you're not a Type I diabetic trying to calculate insulin doses it's not a big deal, since you are just looking for trends.

And you do not need a prescription for diabetic testing supplies.

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