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Blood Glucose Meter

My wife has been a Type II diabetic for about 12 years, and I'm hoping to buy her a meter for a present that doesn't require sticking. I've seen them advertised before. What experience or comments does anyone have with or about these?
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Re: Blood Glucose Meter

Hi Mike,

 

All meters are going to require a blood sample, and there are many features to choose from to find the right one for your wife's preferences and lifestyle. You may be interested in our 2012 Consumer Guide, published in January by Diabetes Forecast magazine. It is a complete guide to the meters on the market today:

 

http://forecast.diabetes.org/meters-2012

 

Best,

Anna

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Re: Blood Glucose Meter

There are meters that advertise with phrases like, "Now I don't have to prick my fingers any more." Unfortunately, when you look at those claims more closely, it turns out to mean that those meter systems will also allow you to take blood samples from other parts of the body, like the forearm.  They often include a special cap for the lanceting device that works sort of like a tiny suction cup to help draw blood out of the body after poking.  In some people, that seems to result in a dime-sized black and blue mark.

 

Since blood draw that way comes from what are sort of the backwaters of the circulatory system instead of the main current, they tend to provider "older" information.  If blood glucose is rising rapidly, they may read lower than the fingertips.  If blood glucose is falling, they will still give an out-of-date, higher number. That's why alternate-site testing, as it is called, works well enough for times like a morning fasting reading, but it's not a reliable way to test when blood glucose is fluctuating, like when a low is suspected or you are trying to gauge how high blood has risen after treating a low, or in response to some specific food.

 

Of course we do hear about some exotic future possibilities, like tatoos that turn color in response to blood glucose changes, or contact lenses that will somehow read glucose levels in our tears.  Some day it may be possible, just like the way medical personnel can now check how much oxygen is in our blood using a small device that is attached to a finger sort of like a gentle clothespin, but we just aren't there yet.


"Molly" (aka mollythed)
Type 2 diabetes diagnosed in 1995, now managed with Lantus, Novolog and Metformin; diet and exercise.
My husband and three adult sons also have type 2 diabetes.



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Re: Blood Glucose Meter

Your listing of blood glucose meters has little value. You don't provide needed information such as accuracy, presence of built-in lancet, memory capacity, connectivity, whether result management software is available, cost of device, cost of supplies, need for control or calibration liquids, number of tests per new battery(ies), quality of customer support, etc. Hunting down the above information is difficult for individuals, which is why we look to diabetes-related publications. But, so far, I haven't found any reviews or comparisons of glucose meters that contain the needed information. I used to direct clinical laboratories. Comparative information for the portable glucose meters used in medical settings is readily available. That should be true for personal glucose meters.
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GregAT wrote:
Your listing of blood glucose meters has little value. You don't provide needed information such as accuracy, presence of built-in lancet, memory capacity, connectivity, whether result management software is available, cost of device, cost of supplies, need for control or calibration liquids, number of tests per new battery(ies), quality of customer support, etc. Hunting down the above information is difficult for individuals, which is why we look to diabetes-related publications. But, so far, I haven't found any reviews or comparisons of glucose meters that contain the needed information. I used to direct clinical laboratories. Comparative information for the portable glucose meters used in medical settings is readily available. That should be true for personal glucose meters.

Who are are you referring to, Anna or Molly?

 

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