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10/16/17 3:19 P

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Than k you for your informed and educational data. It is helpful. emoticon

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7/27/17 12:14 P

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Thnak you "Magic" and "Fancy" you have given me information I needed. emoticon

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7/26/17 10:13 P

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Since I always have dawn phenomenon I guess that might happen, but I can't eat just all day long anymore. Maybe when I was younger. I don't get hungry after my smoothie,even, until around 2:00. I don't know what goes on between eating, but I am tired of not being able to figure out how to help myself.



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7/26/17 8:18 P

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Darlene, it may not be your meter. You may be experiencing this thing called the Symogy effect. It's related to the Dawn phenomenon, where when you don't eat, your brain tells your liver to dump sugar into your system from what it has stored, and being diabetic means your body over-reacts and dumps too much. Same thing can happen when you burn calories and your digestive system hasn't got enough to process so the liver, again, over-reacts.

Diabetes is a tricky little beast!

Try control solution and test your meter, and see what it says, and I agree that talking to the manufacturer may be appropriate, as well as asking your endocrinologist...

Good luck!
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Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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7/26/17 12:16 P

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Thanks for all the good info on meters. My meter is about 12 years old and I need to replace mine. Right now I'm using The Aviva Accu-Check. It does a good job and I'm not sure if I want to change brands or stay with the same one.

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7/26/17 11:43 A

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7/25/17 3:56 P

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Thank you for the information, Rosemary.



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7/25/17 2:56 P

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Thanks for the responses about the TrueMetrix meter. Yes, my control solution and strips were new/not expired. Sorry you were having the same problems, Darlene. I decided to call the manufacturer. The lady on the phone was nice. I explained the problem, and she said they guarantee the meter readings to be within ten points of each other when tested within five minutes. She asked lots of question, like where I stored the strips (not in the bathroom where it would be humid), if I had left the lid off the strips (no), etc. Then she had me do two readings on the same hand, different fingers, while she waited on the phone. Fine...first one was 140, second reading was 117! So, they are going to mail me a new meter and 50 test strips, and send me a return envelope to mail my old meter back to them. So, maybe you should call them and talk to them, and they would send you another meter to try? After reading the reviews on Amazon, I'm sure they are getting lots of calls. Hopefully they are improving the quality of the meters by now. Also, as one reviewer on Amazon said, it could be the meter "beeps" too late when filling the strip, so don't wait for the meter to beep before moving it off your finger, or it gets overfilled and will read high.

The 800 number for their customer service is:
1-800-803-6025

I'll update this thread when I get the new meter and let you know if it works better than the current one. Good luck!

Edited by: 4ROSEMARY at: 7/25/2017 (15:07)
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7/24/17 12:28 A

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I have that meter and nothing ever makes sense on it. I get as high with no carbs as if I have ice cream. Then higher with exercise. My difference within seconds of 2 tests was over 20 points. In fact, I think it was 170 something the first reading and 130 something the 2nd reading. I just gave up. The Medicare Select won't cover any other brand and I have absolutely no money to get any other kind.



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7/23/17 9:33 P

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Did you check the expiration date on the control solutions?

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7/23/17 1:03 P

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Hi Everyone! I have a question about my meter.

I had a True Result meter, but they stopped making strips for it and sent me a free True Metrix meter to replace it, with strips and control solution. I tried using it for the first time this week. The control solution tested fine. But, my readings can vary widely within a few minutes of each other. One after meal reading was 143, and two minutes later a retest was 170, and two minutes after that was 141. So I think that second reading was incorrect. I tried it again after another meal, and got similar results. One reading can be 20 to 30 points different than a second reading within a few minutes of each other. I was testing more than once, since it was a new meter and I wanted to be sure it was working properly. This morning I tried it again two hours after breakfast, and got a reading of 121, and a minute later got a reading of 130.

So...I feel I can't rely on the meter. I did read some comments on Amazon, and one poster suggested that the problem is that the meter takes too long to "beep" when you have enough blood on the strip. If you wait for the beep, you are actually getting too much blood, and the meter reads high. If you just fill the strip and remove it from your finger before the beep, the meter will be more accurate. This seems to be the case.For my try this morning, I didn't wait for the beep, but still got results 9 points apart within minutes of each other.

Does anyone have experience with this meter? Does anyone notice their meter reads high if they "overfill" their test strips? Have you ever tested twice within five minutes, and if so, what was the difference in the results?

I guess I can call the meter's manufacturer next week and complain. Since I got this meter for free, it's not about the money, it's just the frustration of not knowing what is accurate. And I have 60 test strips that I can use...but is it worth poking my fingers if the results aren't accurate. I don't take insulin (just metformin at this point), so my meds will be the same. I was trying to use the meter to watch my diet more closely as my attempts at losing weight are going so slowly, and I thought keeping tighter control of glucose levels may help.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Also, if you have a reliable meter that isn't too expensive (for test strips, especially), I'd love to hear your recommendations. Thanks!
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