iHealth Blood Glucose Meter – Review

Fellow type 1 and nutrition expert Cyrus Khambatta reviews the iHealth Wireless Smart Glucose Monitoring System.

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PROs:

  • meter is small and compact
  • low price ($29)
  • inexpensive strips (100 test strips for $25)
  • test strips easily accessible without health insurance
  • the iHealth Gluco-Smart app is a great visualization tool

CONs:

  • case is somewhat large to carry
  • takes a long time to measure blood glucose if using your phone

 
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Verio IQ Blood Glucose Meter – Review

Former Patient Voices Contest winner and D-blogger Melissa Lee reviews the OneTouch Verio IQ blood glucose meter — and gives it a perfect 5 rating!

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • device is slender enough to slip into a pocket
  • sample size is the smallest yet from OneTouch — 0.4 microliters
  • there’s no coding required for test strips
  • has a bright, easy-to-read color screen with large numbers
  • its port light is large and bright enough for easy glucose checks in darkness
  • pattern management alerts allow you to see trends by time of day

CONs:

  • includes no customization for tagging blood glucose values; the only options are for before or after meals
  • as a rechargeable device, you must keep track of how much the device is charged and of the accompanying mini-USB cable

 

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One Touch Ultra 2 Glucose Meter – Review

Type 2 patient and advocate Corinna Cornejo reviews the One Touch Ultra 2 — which she finds to be a “straightforward, reliable blood glucose meter.”

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • reliable and accurate
  • big, bright display with a backlight
  • easy to use
  • provides some capability for results tagging and comments
  • offers some calculations of results averages

CONs:

  • clunky, dated menu interface
  • limited, pre-set tagging and comments can’t be changed or customized
  • limited calculations

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One Touch UltraMini Glucose Meter – Review

Type 2 patient and advocate Corinna Cornejo reviews the One Touch UltraMini blood glucose meter, and describes why she uses it as a secondary meter.

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • accurate and reliable
  • portable
  • uses easily available test strips
  • big display for easy viewing
  • holds up to 500 tests

CONs:

  • not really all that small physically
  • limited ability to review past readings on the meter
  • no backlight
  • no tagging or comments
  • no charts, graphs, or calculations

 
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FreeStyle Lite Glucose Meter – Review

Diabetes advocate and lifestyle coach Ginger Vieira reviews the FreeStyle Lite glucose meter — one of the smallest and handiest on the market.

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • can apply more blood after original insert
  • includes a light at strip port for easy testing in the dark
  • small and simple

CONs:

  • doesn’t offer any in-depth information when compared to newer/fancy meters

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Verio Sync Wireless Glucose Meter – Review

 

‘Mine editor Amy Tenderich reviews the OneTouch Verio Sync wireless glucose meter and companion app — a cutting-edge new product.

REVIEWER’S BREAKDOWN -

PROs:

  • Being connected to the iPhone means you never have to worry about resetting times on your meter
  • The easy view of trends is really appealing
  • able to add notes to data points
  • app can be used with or without the meter

CONs:

  • difficult to figure out how to share the logbook, in order to text or email results
  • No test-by-test graph like you see in other apps like MySugr or iBGStar
  • Apple compatible only

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