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August 30, 1999

Blood Tests and Insulin Injections

Question from California, USA:

I have a 3 year old daughter who was diagnosed 1.5 years ago. We were using a meter, but were told that the machine is inconsistent so we now use a different machine (which is awesome). Have you heard information on the reliability of meters?


There are many excellent blood glucose meters available.

All blood glucose meters on the market must meet the same FDA-mandated requirements for accuracy. These guidelines allow home blood glucose meters to be somewhat less accurate than laboratory testing, but home meters are sufficiently accurate for managing diabetes.

Choose a meter based on the features that are important to you (e.g., size, speed of test results, memories, computer connection).