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Types Of Glucometers
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
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
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
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
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
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
Well controlled: Fasting 90-130 am, 100-150 2-4 hours after eating. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer