Help with new blood glucose monitor

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   Posted 10/23/2005 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 10/23/2005 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Take your monitors to the doctor's office and check your sugar there against their monitor. Whichever monitor is closer to the doctor's is the one I'd use. If they have more than one monitor I'd check them all and keep using the monitor that most closely reads with the majority. I'd also check your monitor with the control solution as well. One thing I have learned is that you can take a reading on your finger and take it again, 10 seconds later and get a different reading... I think the numbers only get hairy when we get in the higher numbers..

I know this must be confusing to you... and some of the companies are just in business to sell their strips to you! (accurate or not!) It's all very frustrating! Hang in there and keep following your food program and exercise.
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   Posted 10/23/2005 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
That is good advice from jeannie I would have suggested the same thing. I was just in the hospital not to long ago and I tested my meter against theirs with the same finger stick and mine came out only 1 point higher so I am happy with mine.
Our meters help us stay in control of are disease. The real tell all is the hba1c test your doctor should do every 3 - 6 months. It gives the average blood glucose reading oveer the last 3 months.
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