blood monitors

Glucose Meter reliability

Rebecca Community Member April 17, 2007
  • Hi,

    I just discovered that there can be a big difference in the result from different glucose meters. I have a very well known name brand meter that I rely on. When I would go to my Dr. and they would use their meter, it was alway 20-40 points higher then what I had just read on my meter. After the last visit, I went and got the same brand meter as my Dr. and sure enough, I regularly is 20-50 points different then my original meter.
    The one used at my Dr.'s office is a store brand and signifigantly less expensive then my other meter. Last night I dedided to put it to a test.
    In a matter of 2 minutes, I tested my blood sugar on six different fingers, always getting a much different result. My old meter differences were a matter of 5 to 12 points, but the meter that I had just purchased differences were from 9-43 points different. The new meters results were always in the higher range. SO, how do we know what is reliable? I am going to assume my older meter is more accurate as it is a very expensive brand name meter, but even then there were differences in my little test. I just  don't know how anybody knows if these things are accurate.

    Anybody else have the same kind of differences?

    Rebecca  
3 Comments
  • Patricia Theiler
    Jun. 04, 2007
    Be sure to check out David Mendosa’s recommendation about blood glucose meters in his entry A is for Accuracy. You might be interested in the entry from Amy Tenderich discussing a study on glucose monitoring devices, Glucose meter memories fail the help test. Be sure to look over the information on Blood glucose monitoring for a quick review about the...
    RHMLucky777
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    Be sure to check out David Mendosa’s recommendation about blood glucose meters in his entry A is for Accuracy. You might be interested in the entry from Amy Tenderich discussing a study on glucose monitoring devices, Glucose meter memories fail the help test. Be sure to look over the information on Blood glucose monitoring for a quick review about the test.

    Patricia Theiler
    Community Manager
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jun. 04, 2007

      Thanks for your reply and the information. I am new to this sight and have not read all info yet. It will be intersting to see what the glucose meter study said since I get such a different result with different meters.

      Rebecca
    • Patricia Theiler
      Jun. 05, 2007

      Welcome to the site. Hope you find the pages on "Find," "Manage," and "Connect" helpful. As you read over the recent as well as past entries in the "Connect" section, you will find that many others share some of the same concerns that you do. The topic of glucose meters has come up a number of times. You may want to browse...

      RHMLucky777

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      Welcome to the site. Hope you find the pages on "Find," "Manage," and "Connect" helpful. As you read over the recent as well as past entries in the "Connect" section, you will find that many others share some of the same concerns that you do. The topic of glucose meters has come up a number of times. You may want to browse through the community content under "Recommendations" to see if there are any other articles that look interesting. It's also worth reviewing some of the articles under "Find" and "Manage." All of these articles are scientifically reviewed by the top health experts in the country. They are also frequently updated to reflect new findings in research and practice. We are proud of the fact that this Web Site reflects an awareness that health care is constantly evolving. We also recognize that consumers provide their own expertise in the health care relationship with health care professionals.


      Patricia Theiler

      community manager