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Sun Feb 03 11:36:27 EST 2013

Should you get the latest bgm everytime they come out? I'm using the Bayer Contour USB right now. Sorry, but I'm still new to this.
Asked By: bobegan  

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2013-03-13 22:11:31.0

thanks for the question bobegan, i think it is one many folks new to diabetes may be wondering. the quick answer to your question is - no, you do not need to get a new blood glucose monitor every time they come out. I am a fan of the bayer contour usb meter, as it makes logging and sending your information to your health care team much easier, and if you like using it, i would say stick with it. most glucose meters are good for several years, so if you like your meter, you can keep using it. if you do not like your meter for any reason, you may want to talk to one of the members of your health care team about what you like/dislike about the meter. there are lots and lots of different types of glucose meters on the market, and i'm sure there is one that would have the features you like. hope you find this information helpful. please let us know if dlife can help you with any of your other management questions,
Answered By: kirk spero
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2013-04-19 16:49:33.0

I use the Freestyle Lite by Abbott. I have compared it with the "Old" Bayer Contour and the One Touch Ultra Mini meters. I have taken all three with me to a trip to have my lab work / A1C tests. I tested with all 3 meters immediately after my lab blood draw. The Freestyle Lite was the most accurate at only 5 mg/dl lower than the lab test results. The Bayer Contour was 10 mg/dl lower and the One Touch Ultra Mini was 20 mg/dl lower than the lab test results. As for consistency, the Freestyle Lite and Bayer Contour were consistent as the One Touch Ultra Mini would give me inaccurate readings taken within seconds of each test. I prefer the Freestyle lite due to it's smaller size and slightly better accuracy. Best of luck in you research on glucose meters. God Bless.
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2013-04-19 09:04:15.0

FYI, Bayer has discontinued making the regular Contour line of meters and now makes the Contour Next meters, strips, and solutions. You can check their website to learn more about the new meters and strips, and stated advantages including greater accuracy of sampling. I have been using the Contour USB for nearly 3 years and like its size, memory and data connectivity. I just got the new Contour Next USB as a free upgrade from Bayer. I'll use up my previous meter strips before changing over. They both use the same computer software, so the data should be cumulative. However, I don't care for Bayer's lancing device, and instead use Roche's AccuChek Multiclix that holds a drum of 6 lancets that's easily changed and fits nicely into the upgraded Bayer meter case you can get free when you register your meter.
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