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  1. The Sarcastic T2 Diabetic
    The Sarcastic T2 Diabetic February 16, 2013 at 5:19 am | | Reply

    Will, thank you for the insightful information. I have chucked the Breeze2 and have gone to the Contour USB meter, which so far seems to be working fine for me.
    Thanks again. Joe, Type 2, FL

  2. Fred Wuensche
    Fred Wuensche February 16, 2013 at 6:50 am | | Reply

    I’m glad you are getting the word out about the fact that “control solutions” are a waste of test strips.

  3. Anne
    Anne February 16, 2013 at 8:56 am | | Reply

    What *are* the meters with the best accuracy….? The worst? I know they all have to be within 20% if over 100 mg/dL and 20 points if < 100. I have tried One Touch and Freedom Freestyle (with my Omnipod). The Freedom seems to run low and others have voiced that as well.

    Thanks!

  4. Lauren
    Lauren February 16, 2013 at 9:42 am | | Reply

    When I was a kid, we did beta testing through my doc with Dex version of the Breeze. I tested with my old “brick” One Touch and then immediately with the Dex every time. My mom works in a hospital laboratory (as I do now), and I remember the spread between the meters appalled her.

    Eek.

  5. Tim Steinert
    Tim Steinert February 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm | | Reply

    I don’t know what all this complaining about the Breeze2 is all about. I’ve found it to be very helpful. It had TWO batteries in it so I haven’t had to buy a new battery for my Accu-Chek Aviva for a long time!

  6. Tim Steinert
    Tim Steinert February 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm | | Reply

    I don’t know why there’s such a hubbub about the Breeze2. I’ve found it to be very helpful. It had TWO batteries that I could put in my Accu-Chek Aviva Meter. I haven’t had to buy batteries for a looong time!

  7. kathy
    kathy February 19, 2013 at 4:24 am | | Reply

    I recently had a reading on my Bayer Coutour of 48 which I questioned. I tested with my backup One Touch. It read 66. I tried control solution for both meters and they were both in range.

    I had the same experience the next day with the Contour reading 20 less than the One Touch and again, both were within the range with the control solution. I find this very disappointing. The Contour is newer and I have been gauging my BG status and insulin use on this and now I’m questioning its reliability.

  8. jim snell
    jim snell February 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm | | Reply

    As an engineer who has tested these meters and without throwing stones, the real issue between the meters is a problem between interferers and ones body.

    First off, some meters are reading a complex of glucose d ( that body uses and generates) as well as the “other sugars” that is stuffed in our commopn food out there that show up in blood system after digestion.

    Some folks bodies seem to be better behaved and do not shoot out the “other sugars ” for some extra passes around the blood system ( past the fingertips) for another run thru the liver. In these cases as in my body , I get to see 40 to 100 points off on certain meters. Some folks swear this does not ( not supposed to) happen . I am here to tell you it does.

    Meters that run lower numbers than others are probably doing a better job of reading the glucose D only.

    also, hemocrit values and water content (dehydration) also show big differences among the meters/strip systems.

    For me all meters DO NOT work the same as is bleeted about by those who should know better.

    Some folks are very fortunate in that for them, most meters seem to work the same and fine.

    Me I have to be very specific and test carefully.

  9. kathy
    kathy February 21, 2013 at 3:51 am | | Reply

    Jim,
    Thanks for your insight with this. Maybe in the future meters will be customized to body types.

    I wonder too if the inconsistencies that are found with CGM readings are due to the same kind of variables.

  10. CJ
    CJ February 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm | | Reply

    I showed a 20-30 point difference between the Contour and the Accucheck (the contour always being lower). When I went in for bloodwork I tested my BS with both and compared it to the lab results. Turns out the lab results were right smack in the middle of the two meters. For safety reasons, I use the meter that reads lower (the contour) and just add about 10. I had many low feelings when the accucheck read normal. My A1C also matches more closely with the Contour. Frustrating nonetheless.

  11. Caroline Tyler
    Caroline Tyler March 2, 2013 at 1:18 am | | Reply

    i am wondering if other people have this problem. If the reading is high, like 300, I take it again and it will be 100 points lower. And the test strip test is normal range the second time.

  12. Sam
    Sam April 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm | | Reply

    Meters are FDA approved with a variance.. They require 95% of the readings have to fall -+ 20% companies that have readings outside if this area or the outliers are not submitted to the FDA. I recently attended a program that Bayer had for its new and improved Next strip where they did clinical trial of competition for 100% of the readings not just 95% as FDA requires.. I think it was the N.A.C.T. trial North American comparator trial. The contour next strip was the closest to the lab the true track was way off. Lifescan also performed lower than both Roche and Abbott.

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