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LITTLEWIND53's Photo LITTLEWIND53 Posts: 17,178
11/17/15 1:34 A

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I have been using One Touch meters for decades but never heard of the Accuracy Check. I will have to look into this..... (It may not be available in Canada?)

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DHH0306 Posts: 35
11/16/15 9:55 A

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One Touch makes my meter. I agree with others that finding an accurate meter is a challenge and even when one is currently quite accurate, this can change quickly. After my experience with 4 different glucometers, it seems that they lose calibration easily. They're finicky at best. For years of watching my mom take her BG, I always thought the readings were gospel; little did I know. However, the meter is good to track trends in blood sugar. For example, is there a particular time of day that BG is characteristically high? Are there certain meals/foods that tend to spike BG? Living and dying by the meter reading will make you crazy. I am mindful that it is a general guide only. It helps to get frequent HbA1c readings to have more accurate info.

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11/16/15 12:20 A

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That is great that you found a meter so consistant in readings. Who makes that meter?

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11/15/15 10:39 A

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I have a significant family history of diabetes and had been testing my BG for years prior to becoming Type Two. Thus, I've had several glucometers. I did some research on meters before buying my last one. Some are highly accurate and others rated much less so. I have been using the Accuracy Check Ultra Mini And have found that when I tak e my BG back to back, at most I have a 1-2 ml reading difference. For example the first reading is 91 and the second is 93. I'm very happy with this consistency.

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11/15/15 12:32 A

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Thanks Linda, will do!

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11/14/15 1:43 A

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Don't forget to check with the manufacturer of your meter as well. Good luck....

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ITRISH1956 Posts: 91
11/13/15 11:24 P

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Thanks everyone, I will check with my pharmacy.

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11/13/15 9:26 P

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The home meters are NOT 100 percent accurate. There is an error factor of plus or minus 20 percent, which means your meter could be reading 20 percent higher or lower than is actually accurate.

All meters have a control solution meant for that specific meter. If you can't find the solution through your pharmacy, please do call the manufacturer as suggested in a previous comment. It is important to know where your meter falls as far as accuracy goes. The control solution will have an acceptable reading range on the packaging. As long as the control solution tests fall within that stated range, your meter is acceptable and you can use your bg readings in your diabetes management. If the control solution test falls outside of the acceptable range, contact the manufacturer immediately. Many of them will replace your meter for free.

Also, don't forget that outdated strips or strips that have been compromised in any way (moisture, prolonged exposure to air, etc) cannot be relied upon for accurate readings. This is also true of strips you use with the control solution. If I remember correctly, both vials of control solution AND test strips have a opened shelf life of approximately 3 months. When you open a vial of either control solution or strips, you must write the date on the vial!

As a note of interest, I have sent expired test strips back to the manufacturer and they replaced them in a matter of weeks.

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I was diagnosed type two and I was told to go to classes at the hospital. There was a group and we were told who to call for diabetes education.
What I have learned was mostly from the diabetes educators. They went over everything. Check with your hospital if there is a diabetes workshop monthly or where can you go for Diabetic education

Check with your local ADA ( American Diabetes Association) and ask for more information.
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I use an ACCU-CHEK meter and it came with a test solution. If I think my meter is off-usually too high or too low I just put a drop of solution and it gives me a number and the range that is on he bottle.

After 6 months or a year they recommend purchasing a test solution at the pharmacy.

I called my glucometer manufacturer and they sent one out for free.
Try calling the manufacturer and most of them will answer many questions about the meter but they do not give out any advice. They will say ask your DR. That makes sense to me.

The pharmacies would need to keep in stock for many test solutions. You MUST use the solution for your OWN SPECIFIC METER .
The Pharmacy ordered mine and it cost $12:00. I called the manufacturer and they sent me one for free.

That is what I have been doing and I hope everyone with diabetes should ask your DR. if he says or does nothing for you ask him who YOU should contact for more education.

Diabetes is a complex condition and we need to learn how we should manage our condition, we all need to be educated to stay healthier.
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11/13/15 6:48 P

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Can you ask the pharmacy to check on the solution for you? I know I asked one pharmacy about a test solution for my meter and they said they could order it in, but didn't carry it. The pharmacy where you got your meter should have ordered the solution for you.

I haven't ever used a solution, so I don't know how they work. My large meter was ordered from the hospital pharmacy and I got the small one from Safeway pharmacy where it was pretty cheap with the coupon I had (it is pocket size with a case that the strip container fits in and the lancet on the side. The meter itself is quarter size around and about 3/8" thick). I did have to get a prescription from the doctor to get the strips which is why I got the larger meter. They came together.



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I got my meter from my doctor. I will assume that it is correct.

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11/13/15 12:16 P

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I got a new meter a few weeks ago and I'm not sure how accurate the readings are. I know I could go to a lab and have bloodwork done and check on my meter for a reading to compare the numbers. But, I can't afford my 70 dollar copay to do that. I bought a Relion meter and sent the card in that came with it to receive a bottle of control solution and I never received it. Any ideas?

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