latest best glucose meter list from Consumer Reports, November 2013

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Lanie G
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   Posted 9/27/2013 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Consumer Reports just published their list in November's issue.  They tested 25 and recommend 9:
Accu-Chek Aviva
FreeStyle Lite
Bayer Contour Next
Bayer Breeze 2
Up & Up (Target brand)
ReliOn (Walmart brand)
Accu-Chek Compact Plus
TRUEresult Blood Glucose Monitoring System (also available under pharmacy brand names)
FreeStyle Freedom Lite
All have an excellent overall score and accuracy.  Up & Up and ReliOn are the cheapest and have the cheapest test strips.  This is something to consider if you don't have insurance or if your doctor has not prescribed a meter and you just want to test on your own and insurance won't cover it.
Even though these have an excellent rating, don't forget that some individual meters may still be 'off' and not as accurate as a lab.
Also, don't be surprised if you test yourself twice within a minute or two and you get different readings.  Meters are only held to an accuracy rate of plus or minus 10% for any given test.
For your further information, here is the list from November 2012 with their scores:

1. Accu-Chek Aviva (89)
2. FreeStyle Freedom Lite (89)
3. Accu-Chek Compact Plus (89)
4. FreeStyle Lite (88)
5. Bayer Breeze 2 (85)
6. Up & Up (Target brand) (82)
7. ReliOn Micro (Walmart) (82)
8. One Touch UltraSmart (82)
9. TrueResult Blood Glucose Monitoring System [also available under pharmacy brand names) (82)

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   Posted 9/28/2013 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I change to Accu-check Aviva this year after using a FreeStyle Lite for years. I mostly changed because I felt the quality of the lancets was not being maintained, and the pricks had become more painful than they should be. With the Accu-check I barely feel the prick, and I'm very happy with the change.
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Lanie G
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   Posted 9/28/2013 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
You know, that's something I don't think they even test. Their results only talk about meter accuracy in measurement, never the lancets. I started with a Bayer Contour and now I use the Accu-Chek meter, but I kept the lancet from Bayer, so I just re-order those but then the test strips for the Accu-Chek.

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   Posted 9/29/2013 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to use compact plus before going on the pump
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   Posted 5/14/2017 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie,

I have ordered Active1st Bayer Contour NEXT EZ Diabetic Testing Starter Kit 100 Strips.

I just have a couple of questions:

1) To know if my blood sugar level is Ok, will the device tell me, or is there a book that explains everything in the pack.

2) Is this device suitable for use by non-diabetics and actual diabetics?

3)Can I test myself on the side of my hand using the device, rather than in my finger-tips?

Thank you very much,
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Lanie G
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   Posted 5/14/2017 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Poppie!

I'm going to start a new thread for you rather than continue on this one. I'll probably name it something like "using blood sugar meters" and copy your questions. See you over there.

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   Posted 5/14/2017 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
freestyle lite, quick. and only a small amount needed. yep, change those lancets!!!
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