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    Not sure if this is the right place for this question but....

    I use a Relion Micro blood glucose meter. I have been having great success controlling my post prandial BG by doing a lot of measuring to understand how many and what types of carbs and how much total food I can eat at one sitting. We have had a cold snap here and I have been keeping my meter and test strips in a spare bath which gets cold - typically 55 degrees in the morning. Since the cold snap started, my readings have gotten 15-20 points higher and I have been seeing unexpected spikes. I was getting freaked-out so I started doing some research. I had not previously read that the meter has a sensitive temp sensor on the strip insertion end which should not be touched. I also read that readings can be affected by ambient temperature, ie the meter's temperature compensation does not work all that well. I moved the meter and test trips to a location which stays right at 68 +/- 1 degree. My readings are now 15-20 points lower and much more predictable.

    Have any of you experienced similar problems with your meter? Thanks.

  • #2
    Talked with Relion. They said readings can be way off either way when ambient temperature varies from normal room temperature. They recommend if meter/strips are 55 degrees, meter should be allowed to warm up to room temp before using.

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    • #3
      huh...never heard of this. I use Walgreens brand. I have not been good at checking my blood sugar lately. I will have to pay more attention
      You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

      Age 48
      height 5'3
      SW 215 lbs
      CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
      LW 172 lbs
      GW 125ish lbs

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      • #4
        T1.5 here. Always keep your blood testing equipment at room temperature and away from moisture! If you're ever in doubt, do a control test with the company produced control fluid (available wherever you purchased your meter, or if you call the company and explain the situation. I used to work for Accuchek and we always sent a customer whatever they needed if they were questioning the accuracy of the machine)
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
          T1.5 here. Always keep your blood testing equipment at room temperature and away from moisture! If you're ever in doubt, do a control test with the company produced control fluid (available wherever you purchased your meter, or if you call the company and explain the situation. I used to work for Accuchek and we always sent a customer whatever they needed if they were questioning the accuracy of the machine)
          Yes, Relion is very good about this. During our discussion today, the CSR advised me that it has been several months since they last sent me control solution and that she will immediately send me fresh solution to make sure my meter is performing correctly.

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