I have tried several glucose monitors through the years. For the past couple of years, I have used Freestyle Lite and liked it. Small, portable, small sample size, no coding, accurate. Then my insurance company (Blue Cross) decides to cut cost and requires that I switch. Had the option of two and Aviva had the smaller sample size. After a couple of months, I deeply hate it and would like to force the managers that made the decision to force this product on people to use it for a few weeks.
The Aviva has several issues:
First, it is huge. it is twice the volume than many other meters.
Second you have to plug a dongle on the side to match the code. Every time it powers up, you must check the number on the test strip bottle. freestyle meter had no coding, it was automatic and embedded in the test strip.
Third, it's lancing system cannot even puncture enough for the huge blood sample is needed. Not counting how awkward it is to use and it huge size.
Fourth, if you do not provide enough blood, the test strip is wasted. On the first week, I wasted three times the number of test strips that I needed to use. The Freestyle meter allowed me a few seconds extra to add more blood. However the little sample size rarely needed me to do so
Fifth, the meter might make a very inacurate reading even if it did not have enough blood. If too little blood is absorbed by the test strip, an error will show up. But if it got close to 80% it will make a reading with an extremely high number
Sixth, no light. This was a nice feature of the Freestyle.
Seventh, due to the large sample size, I end with several holes in my arms and hands trying to lance several times to get enough blood.
In summary, the insurance company now has to pay for more test strips due to the high number of errors. Now I hate testing and tend to skip much more often due to the extra time and hassles to get a reading. Particularly when I am not certain of its accuracy.
Avoid this meter. You are better of with Freestyle, if your insurance company is nice.
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