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N17
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   Posted 2/29/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone!  How long has everyone had their blood glucose meters?  Do these things lose their accuracy over time?  I have had my first meter (accuchek advantage) for almost three years now.  My healthcare plan includes a $200 rebate every three years for monitors, which is great as most popular ones are well below that.   I have been looking at the performa (also by accuchek) which seems to be a little more advanced and has features that could be useful (the humidity effect detector and smaller sample size sound neat).
Sorry if the above sounds like an advert for those products. It isn't.  I am open to all and every opinion about all and every meter and their respective attributes and life-spans!
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 3/8/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Brian,
I have a big clunky Prestige IQ meter that uses a huge drop of blood, runs on AA batteries and takes at least 25 seconds to give results. Had it for about three years. Still accurate according to my office visits and comparing to their meter. Cheap strips (30ยข each!) and me with no insurance... it works for me.
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Texas Stranger
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   Posted 3/8/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had the Onetouch Ultra for two years and a Wal-Mart Relion for two also. Both are still very accurate and when I run out of strips the Wal-mart ones are a lot cheaper than the One Touch. Both only take 5 seconds to calculate and use a minimal amount of blood.

N17
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   Posted 3/17/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys.  I might keep a hold of my advantage meter for a while longer then!

"I love Italian.......and so do you"
"Yes"  -  Star Trek 4
 
Brian (Type 2 NIDDM).
 
N17 is the postcode for the London suburb of Tottenham.
Tottenham Hotspur is the greatest football team in the world!
 
...and Go Bengals! and the St. Louis Cardinals!  and the Leafs!
 


anusha
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   Posted 3/24/2008 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I am using True Track Smart System for blood glucose monitoring. It gives accurate results and I am quite happy with its performance.
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gallyndur
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   Posted 4/28/2008 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had my Accu-check compact for about four-and-a-half years now. I have no idea how accurate it is or when meters become "too old." I just saw a commercial today for a free One Touch Mini or One Touch Ultra at onetouchoffer.com. Looks pretty legit; I signed up for one in case new is better and should have it in 3-4 weeks. I presume they're doing this to get more people buying test strips. Have no idea how much the test strips run, but they're never cheap...

tutorgirl
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   Posted 4/29/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I got one of the free One Touch about 6 months ago. I have always used a One Touch so already had a prescription for the strips. Most of the companies will give you free meters. It's their way of getting you to buy their strips. But it did give me a back up meter.
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gelchick
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   Posted 4/29/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   

I have the OneTouch Ultra Smart, an Ultra mini in bright green, and a couple of Ultra 2's. They  are my meters of choice. They correspond well to my A1c results.  All of the meters have been free to me and the strips are the preferred brand of my new health insurance carrier- I just paid 100.00 for 500.00 strips- thanks to my doctor prescribing 5 tests a day. Before this, I was paying 50 cents/strip for 2 tests per day with the insurance and the rest at over the counter prices (about $1.00/strip).

 

sandy


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Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/30/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandy,
That is cool that you got so many strips that way... Being "insurancically challenged" I'm buying mine on my own so I go with the Prestige IQ because they had the least expensive strips I could find.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


gelchick
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   Posted 5/1/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jeannie

I consider it a gift from God, myself. My doctor suggested the change when open enrollment time came around. She noted that the co-pay for my Januvia was less through the new company, that they paid more for lab tests, that they paid her more routinely for her services, and that she had no problem prescribing strips to patients on this plan.  There was no difference in the premiums, so we switched.

I had my doubts when I mailed them the prescriptions, but I actually got the metformin cheaper than Walmart (and it doesn't smell like dead fish either),the Januvia was less, and the strips were approved- that saves me over 100.00/month alone. I have to test a lot when I'm on the road, esp when I'm crossing time zones frequently, and eating in restaurants where even salads an have hidden carbs.

I called One Touch to see if they would send me a new battery- and they actually sent me a new Ultra Smart and when I mentioned how I loved the mini but couldn't use it as much as I would like because it didn't synch up to the computer- they sent me one of the new ones that does- no charge. They just love it when you tell them you use 5 of their strips a day-lol and it is totally cool to have your meter and your iPOD shuffle match-

yeah sandy

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