I used this meter for a month because the testing strips were super affordable compared to the Freestyle Lite my doctor gave me. I remember scanning the aisle and noting that this meter's strips were the only strips available on the floor shelves. All other brands and meters' strips were safely tucked away behind the counter. A red flag immediately went up, but I ignored it because "only $9!" Well, unsurprisingly, "only $9" didn't get me very far. And apparently it didn't go very far for a lot of other people. Time and time again, I found that I got superficially high readings. 20, 30, and sometimes even 40mg/dl higher (though the average was more in the mid-20 range). Not only that, but the repeatability left much to be desired. From the same blood, or another drop on the same finger immediately following the first (or second, or third), the reading would fluctuate with a wide gap. 98 on one, 128 on another. 140 on one, 100 on another. My advice would be to research affordable meters and go at least two steps better than this, even if it means the strips are more expensive. What's the point in monitoring your blood glucose with a unit that often delivers unreliable and inaccurate results? Sure, the strips are cheap. I know what it's like to be so poor (yet not poor enough for assistance) you have to choose between food and medical help/devices. But in exchange for that $9, you can't be sure you're 1. getting your real numbers, 2. getting consistently real numbers, 3. getting a general trend of your numbers throughout the day before and after eating even if you try and compensate with a +20mg/dl error margin. Your health- and the knowledge you need to make it better- is worth more than $9 and rampant unreliability.
Was this review helpful? (6) (0)
Thank you! You have successfully submitted feedback for this review.