Glucose Meter Reviews: Diabetes Technology

A home blood sugar meter is a vital tool for managing diabetes.

Especially for anyone taking insulin as part of your diabetes therapy, daily blood glucoGlucose Metersse (BG) checking is pretty much essential — because only your meter can tell you when your sugar is operating too low or too high.  

Even if you’re not taking insulin, it is still important to test your sugar several times a day to gauge the impact of meals, drugs, and action in your sugar levels.

Remember: do not be tricked into thinking you can “feel” this on your own.   Only your meter may verify your actual BG level.

Here are our reviews of some of the most popular, meter models (in alphabetical order):

The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect system from Roche Diabetes Care surfaced in early August 2015, attracting people with diabetes in the U.S. a wirelessly device that links to certain iOS and Android cellular devices, automatically sends BG information to the Connect program where you are able to see it include info like meals and workout notes, and use a bolus advisor. It is also possible to email BG reports to youreself and your doctor and send text messages or as alerts.

Our initial coverage of this Accu-Chek Connect system is here.

Bayer Contour NEXT Link Glucose Meter – link to our news policyBayer Contour NEXT Link

See also: “Critiquing Three Diabetes Devices” (including the Bayer meter).

One Touch program in addition to A thumb-sized meter that connects using Medtronic insulin pump and transmits glucose data.

IBGStar Wireless Meter to get iPhone — link to our product review

The first blood small pinky finger-sized sugar meter that connected to iPod touch or an Apple iPhone to show, manage and communicate your results or might be used on its own.

Compatible with the iPhone 5/5C/5S/ /6/6 Plus or iPod touch 5 using an Apple new 30-pin adapter (sold individually).

iHealth meter and app

New meter that connects with a free iHealth Gluco-Smart program to automatically keep a history of your own data, and gives you the option to share your information with your doctor or caregiver.     Works with Apple devices.  

A small, thin meter concerning the size of an index finger that has Bluetooth connectivity so that you are able to transmit information directly to an a user friendly app within an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android device or web-based browser. It’s a blacklight for simple testing at night or in dark regions, and the program shows your sugar data history and tendencies.

FreeStyle Lite Glucose Meter — link to our video review

This meter from Abbott Diabetes Care contains a handy backlight and test strip port lighting so that you can test anywhere, and takes just a tiny blood sample.

Livongo Health In Touch meterLivongo InTouch Glucose Meter — link to our product review

A new meter using a colorful touchscreen that integrates a pedometer and is constantly in two-way communicating using a “smart cloud” setup. It save your information, but also sends you suggestions and opinions about what to do next, and may alert a maintenance coach to call you immediately is needed.

OneTouch Ultra2 Glucose Meter — link to our video review

A popular meter model from Johnson & Johnson LifeScan that supplies a sizable display and ‘before and after’ meal averages so that you can observe the impact of various foods in your blood sugar.

A small, USB meter from Johnson & Johnson LifeScan that features a significant display for simple viewing. It has less information storage compared to other models, but is exceptionally mobile and comes in six different colours.

Telcare Wireless Glucose Meter — link to our product reviewTelcare

The first wireless glucose meter using embedded mobile technology that automatically deletes your sugar data to the repository. The information may also be considered on a smartphone. Messages are also sent by the system tips, in response. The meter itself is quite large and looks like a Blackberry.    

True2goTrue2Go Glucose Meter — link to our video review

A small, easy-to-carry meter that truly snaps on the surface of a vial of sugar test strips, to act as the lid. There’s no information storage or even monitoring of times and dates, but it’s very suitable for on-the-go testing.

Verio IQ Glucose Meter –  link to our video review

Johnson & Johnson Lifescan’s very first “smart meter” that aims to alert patients when they are trending high or low. The PatternAlert feature alerts you using a code when it finds a pattern that is recurring and assesses blood glucose readings. The downside is that you need to look up the significance of alert codes in an accompanying paper booklet.

VerioSync Wireless Glucose Meter — link to our video review

The meter to automatically send your sugar results iPad, using the OneTouch Reveal app. It’s easy to use, with test strip port and an easy-to-read screen for testing in the dark, lighting. The app may be used with or without the meter.

“Beam Me Up, Bluetooth Meters”

We compare the Bluetooth-enabled VerioSync from market leader JnJ Lifescan and the BG5 Bluetooth Glucometer in the considerably lesser-known iHealth Labs. Both are exciting but have some drawbacks — such as the need to plug in to recharge batteries.

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