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Which glucose meters do you guys use?
#1
For the last few years my A1c has been hovering around 6.2-6.4. So far diet and exercise have been sufficient. Recent A1c tests, however, appear to show a general trend up, the most recent being 6.7. My GP says we will need to start using medication if it reaches 7.0. He wants me to start using a Glucose meter once a day rotating between meals, before and after, as well as before bedtime and right after awakening in order to detect changes more quickly and find out when my glucose levels tend to be higher. I agree with him. I want to stay ahead of this.

My question is which meters do you guys use. I am willing to invest in a quality meter but would rather have one whose test strips don't cost an arm and a leg. I have private insurance and want to have my GP write a prescription for the one I want.

I would appreciate any advise you may have not only on testing, but on managing diabetes as well.



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#2
If you google free glucose meter you will find a plethora of offers for free meters. This is because they make their money by selling you the test strips. I would recommend you get a script form you doc for test strips and find out which one your insurance provider will cover.
There has been many threads on this subject.

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...light=test


http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...light=test



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#3
Thanks, Orangebear. Your response is spot on as usual. Thanks

I had forgotten about those threads, even though I posted in one. Oh-jeez
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#4
i like my bayer contour usb. the strips are less expensive than my old one touch co-pay used to be, and the readings are a lot more consistent as well. It also requires less blood, and if you did not get enough will allow you to complete the fill instead of wasting the strip.
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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Daria: Isn't that meter called "the Bayer Contour NEXT USB"?

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yes, Mongo indeed. Big Grin

The other think I like about it is that the battery is rechargeable, don't have to worry about leaving the display on and sucking the life out of a disposable battery!

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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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#7
I also use the Bayer Contour - I'm using the USB, but I prefer the EZ. The USB is a huge advantage for those taking insulin since, among other things, it saves 1000 measurements and includes insulin and carbs. However, that's overkill for what you need and I recommend the EZ. You can get the meter free with a coupon at the website. Just need a script.

If you have a high deductible, the True Metrix is a good brand (available at CVS and Walgreens). Strips are inexpensive.

You may be able to avoid medication entirely if you follow a low carb or lowish carb eating plan. There are many successes. However, you won't get any support from diabetes educators if you go under 100 gr carbs daily EVEN IF THEY AGREE that it is a better choice for diabetics. It's one of those things - to vary too much from the powers that be can result in your losing your licensing.
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#8
I've tried several over the years but keep coming back to the FreeStyle meters because they require only a really small amount of blood. Currently using the FreeStyle Lite. When I tell my endo that I want to try a different meter, she usually gives me 2 or 3 of them so can can have one in the car, on my bike, and at home. Meter manufacturers' reps are always giving her office free meters to hand out (knowing they'll recoup with the sale of the strips).
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#9
Thanks for the input, guys. I had about decided on the Bayer Contour usb out of the ones I have researched. You have helped me make up my mind.
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#10
I use the Bayer Contour Next USB. I have 2. One for my bag and one for my desk. The software takes some getting used to but is cool once you figure it out. My biggest gripe is there is only 4 things to choose for reason for test: fasting, pre=meal, after meal, and none. I choose none then add in the reason in the software, if I remember the reason. I wish there was a way to add a reason via the software and it appear on the device.

The strips are fairly cheap. The pokey thing uses any needle, not just theirs. If you register your device, they send you a cool case which is very much worth registering.
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