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Any Certain Testers More Accurate Than Others?

Any Certain Testers More Accurate Than Others?

I have two testers. One is always around 20 points higher than the other. I test at the same time with the same finger. Is there one tester more accurate than another?

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Not sure I quite agree. I find testing 2 hours after eating useful for two reasons:

1) When I know I'm going to test I'm less likely to eat too many carbs.

2) It's a useful indicator as to what foods I should avoid.

Base carb load doesn't need to be mutually exclusive to home testing. Not testing for BG is like flying an airplane without navigation.

posted almost 6 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Thanks @A DiabetesTeam Member using your meter to tests foods is a common mistake.

It sounds good but it does not work because if we have reached our carb limit then a little bit of any carb sends us very high.

So your "base carb load" before you eat the "food you are testing" is the biggest factor that will send you high. Not the type of carb you are "testing"

Do you get it?

If your base carb load is near your limit any extra carb will send you high as a kite.
It your base carb load is low your food you are testing can look safe.

It is a silly idea trying to test carb foods under uncontrolled home conditions. The results can be anything, but never conclusive.

posted almost 6 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

yeh .I think it is to clean it with .I don't no if mine is working properly .I don't eat anything sweet or 2 many carbs but my reading is always around 10 in the mornings .don't no wat I can do to lower it xx

posted almost 6 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

ask your doctor or diabetes nurse to test, then test using both of yours at the same time and see which one if any is closest to the one they use. I would then stick to using that one. Someone said something about getting them calibrated but I haven't found anyone in ton tht does that. When I was in the hospital I had my husband bring me one and I checked it aginst the one they use there. It was over by about 0.3 and they said it was good.

posted almost 6 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I take it for granted that all meters are not very accurate. However they still can be useful as they detect trends either upwards or downward and this can be good feedback.

Also when testing for different foods then the difference of a blood glucose result with one food as regards another can help you make decisions as to what food is best to eat.

In other words if one food or type of meal gives you a 6.0 (108 USA) and another say 8.0 (136) then you can safely assume that the food or type of meal giving the higher reading is the one to avoid. In this case the accuracy of the meter is not that important unless it's wildly inaccurate. I assume that my meter has a plus or minus 5 (90) margin of error.

posted almost 6 years ago
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