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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?

Answer:

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).

JSH