I am a type 2 diabetic that has used two meters that require prescriptions for the test strips, a Freestyle machine with samples given to me by my doctor, and the ReliOn Prime. My other machines give me pretty consistent results and are within range of one another. The cost of my prescription strips jumped from $30 to $80, so I had to look for a new meter, which I chose the ReliOn Prime. I was pretty happy to find something so inexpensive and at first the readings were a tiny bit higher than what the other meters gave me, but not by a huge amount. Then the crazy readings began.
I eat a low carb diet, mostly sticking with meat and veggies. My readings are usually between 80 and 120. Even if I overeat at a meal my readings rarely ever go above 120. I take medication, so my levels stay pretty good and consistent. The first few days I was getting readings of 109 after waking up each morning. A little higher than normal, but I could live with that. After a meal of chicken and broccoli, my meter showed a pre-meal number of 90 and after meal was 256! I've had chicken and broccoli numerous times and never had a reading that high since I was first diagnosed! So I checked again a minute later. The reading was 132. Well, that's still a little high for me, but better than 256! An hour later I tested again. First number was 250, second number was 136. I've tested multiple times since then and the numbers are always random.
Another instance was after having lunch a few days ago and including black beans, which I normally don't eat and knew would push my BG up some. The readings at 45 minutes, one hour, and two hours registered between 90-95. A light meal of chicken (just chicken) was 130! For some folks those would be dream numbers and may sound like I'm complaining for nothing, but having checked my blood sugar regularly every day for the past year, I know what my numbers should be. I can't speak for the other ReliOn products, but so far my experience with ReliOn Prime has not been a good one.
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