I've been using a glucose monitor that my doctor gave me in August when I was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I went straight to the drug store and got my test strips and lancets. It cost me some money because I didn't use my Medicare. That would have taken some time locating a Medicare provider and then billing my other insurance for the co-payment.
So I finally got a Medicare provider. Well, they gave me a "free" monitor when I ordered supplies from them. Only it was a different brand. I'm getting much lower blood glucose results from this monitor.
On the other monitor, I was getting morning readings in the 140's and 150's. My first reading from this one was 110. I still had a couple of strips left from my first monitor. I checked with that one, and my blood glucose was 141!
So I called the new product help line and was told that the FDA allows a 20% difference between blood glucose monitors. Well, it does work out to about 20%, but how in the world do I know which one is correct? I would love to think my morning glucose is just fine! But how do I have any confidence in my monitor results? I even used the same finger for the second check.
I see my doctor on Wednesday, but thought I'd see if any of you have some advice for me. My doctor is not a diabetes specialist.