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How accurate is a glucometer?

How accurate is a glucometer?

They are quite good: Constantly changing technology and designs have improve ease of use as well as acuracy of current glucometers..I would say around 5-10 points of actual blood levels when tested at a certified laboratory. They are meant to guide you with controlling your diet/food consumptions to maintain a good sugar level. Having diabetes is tough! fllow-up with doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Glucometer (Definition)

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Whats the easiest / most painless glucometer?

Whats the easiest / most painless glucometer?

All similar: Pain tolerance varies from person to person. All the glucometers work similarly. Some of the lancet devices may be a bit different, but all poke a hole to make the blood come out. I like the ones that come from Bayer (aspirin) company, but i'd ask a pharmacy what they sell the most of and what their feedback is. I've used several in my office and all seem quite similar. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm looking for a strip-free glucometer?

You won't find one: Hi. Sorry, but ain't no such beast. You're stuck using strips, at least for the foreseeable future. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm looking for a strip-free glucometer?

No such thing: Hi. There's no such thing as a "strip-free glucometer". Sorry, but at least for the time being, you're stuck buying strips! If you're tightly controlled using insulin, you could consider a continuous glucose monitor with your doctor; with the Dexcom, you only have to use a strip + glucometer every 12 hours for calibration. But no matter what, you're stuck buying strips for now. ...Read more

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What to do while waiting for glucometer with test strip delivery?

If you need: To have your glucose checked, find a friend who will let you use their equipment or check w/ your doctor, or buy some at the store -- or, only if absolutely necessary go to a medical facility, but it's expensive. ...Read more

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What are the best glucometers with the least expensive blood strips?

What are the best glucometers with the least expensive blood strips?

Glucometer: I prefer the term glucose meter. You can purchase the right meters and test strips at low cost at almost all pharmacy stores. The more expensive lot looks great but is no better than the least expensive ones. ...Read more

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Glucometer giving erratic readings. Will be 101 in one sample, then 81 in another, immediately after. Calibrated correctly too. Is this typical?

Glucometer giving erratic readings.  Will be 101 in one sample, then 81 in another, immediately after.  Calibrated correctly too.  Is this typical?

Variation: Hi. Yes, that would be considered probably acceptable variation. They would generally probably be tighter, but if your control solution gets measured in the appropriate range, then your meter is probably meeting performance standards. We endocrinologists all get meters to give to patients, so ask your endo for a new one if yours is old and you're concerned about its performance. Good control! ...Read more

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BG levels all over the place w/home glucometer. After waking I took 5 consecutive samples: 82, 105, 55, 93, & 90. Calibrated properly. What's up?

Glucometer: The glucometer is only plus/minus 20%. It is designed to give a number that a diabetic can use to adjust his insulin dose. Of those 5 numbers, they are all consistent except for the 55. How much blood did you get? Did you have to "milk" your finger? Was there still alcohol on the finger? All these things can affect the reading. ...Read more

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Diabetes -how high and how low should my glucometer readings be ?

Before breakfast...: 90-130 befor lunch dinner sleep, 90-150 never <80 these goals must be adjusted for issues specific to you vs. Other patients, but they're reasonable in most patients. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my glucometer to misinterpret my glucose readings?

Is it possible for my glucometer to misinterpret my glucose readings?

Calibration: Your meter can be tested against your lab blood sugar potentially when you go to get blood work done. The lab and your meter use the same sample of blood and compare. In our center, we do this on the spot. A meter can be up to 18% off and still be ok. Meters should come with testing solutions so that you can calibrate from home. But sometimes you just need a new meter. ...Read more

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What is the benefit/effect of using glucometer for my blood suger at home?

What is the benefit/effect of using glucometer for my blood suger at home?

It shows sugar level: If done properly, periodic monitoring at home can have significant value..It shows how each food type/amount affect your blood suguar level..Thus you may learn to reduce foods that promote high sugar and consume more of foods that cause less rise of sugar. Thus, should be done before eating and 2 hours after so you know the effect of what you eat. Consult doc regularly and good luck. ...Read more

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I had taken 2 white bread and after 2 hrs. I took a glucometer test and its 94 is it ok?

I had taken 2 white bread and after 2 hrs. I took a glucometer test and its 94 is it ok?

Glucose OK: Hi. Yes, the glucose is fine. However, may I suggest you NEVER put a piece of white bread or white rice in your mouth?! Eat whole grains ONLY! Live healthily, any you will always be rewarded in the long run! ...Read more

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I recently bought a one touch glucometer from a chemist. How accurate are these glucometers?

If your technique: Is correct and the strips are in date and stored properly -- you should be within 10-15% of the actual blood sugar almost all of the time. Get instructed by a good diabetes nurse educator for best performance. ...Read more

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Can venous blood be used for glucometer?

Can venous blood be used for glucometer?

Of course: Generally speaking when a person checks their sugar at home, all that is used is venous blood. To my knowledge there is no indication in the field of medicine to use any other kind of blood for checking the blood sugar. As a matter of simple fact, about the only time we routinely use arterial blood for anything in medicine is checking a test called the blood gas, usually in the er or icu. ...Read more

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What's the most pain-free blood sugar glucometer?

What's the most pain-free blood sugar glucometer?

Depends: They all require lancets to draw blood - but some lancets as the delica - are thinner and some meters require less blood (many now). ...Read more

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Is there a glucometer that does not require you to stick your finger?

Is there a glucometer that does not require you to stick your finger?

Several: The simple answer is absoultely. Some allow you to check the sugar on the side of the hand, the arm and other places. They typically use slightly different lancets and lancet devices, but the technology to measure the glucose i assume is about the same. The meters, strips and lancets for such devices are a bit more exp than others that use the finger. Ins may not pay for all of them. ...Read more

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Is there reason other than diabetes why a glucometer would read up to 25 mmol??

Is there reason other than diabetes why a glucometer would read up to 25 mmol??

Blood sugar: False reading can occur if the glucometer malfunction or if you don't wash your hand well. Sugar residue on the finger can cause falsely high bs. Blood testing is the way to diagnose diabetes. See your doc. ...Read more

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I check my blood suger with glucometer during exercise in fasting reading i got 130 is it normal?

I check my blood suger with glucometer during exercise in fasting reading i got 130 is it normal?

Fasting glucose: If your fasting glucose is 130, it is too high. If you are afraid that you are diabetic, have your physician order a hemoglobin 1ac and see what the result is. If it is in the diabetic range, consult that physician as to the steps you need to take to lower it. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are risks of sharing glucometer (transmission of disease) when pricking is done from different lancets. thanks?

What are risks of sharing glucometer (transmission of disease) when pricking is done from different lancets. thanks?

None: There are no inherent risks to share a glucometer with someone else per se. That being said, I advise against it, as it clouds the picture of the 7, 14, and 30 day average calculation for a given patient. These help your doctor better monitor a specific patient. ...Read more

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