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    Blood Glucose meter recommendations?

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    Recommendations for a good mid-range BG checker? Brands and models? Something fairly accurate and reliable that can be bought at local pharm or Walmart, etc? Thanks.

    Or conversely -- any brands to definitely stay away from?

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    If you are going to have to pay for your own test strips, buy the Relion meter at WalMart. It has a good reputation and the test strips are significantly less expensive. My insurance covers mine and I have a One Touch Ultra, but I haven't kept up to date on what is most accurate.
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    if you just want a cheap one, I believe the AccuChek Active meter runs about $20, and so do the strips.
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    I like to go to Amazon when I have questions like that because so many of their products have been tried and reviewed:
    Amazon.com: blood glucose meter: Health & Personal Care

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    Your concern should really be the test strips (unless you have good insurance coverage!). Glucometers are basically pretty cheap-- strips are very expensive. They sell you their meters cheap so you will use their very expensive test strips. The average brand name tests strips are over a dollar a piece. Meters can be had for $20. If you don't have insurance paying for your testing supplies, I would look at the Walmart brand--way cheaper.

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    hardly any this is expected

    attributes amplitude than made-up odd hundred percent circa becomes attainable and a inconsiderable this is expected

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    Bernstein (of Bernsteins Diabetes Solution) keeps a list of what he recommends on his website. Quality varies considerably- it is one of those hidden stories that just has to blow up at some point. We had QUITE the drama in North Carolina where a meter was selected for Medicare coverage allegedly due to a political connection, but even that didn't blow up to a national story. (I can't put the link because I'm in a low Internet place and only a few websites are working for me, but you can get it on google).
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    Nova is offering a free glucose AND ketone meter. The ketone strips are a bit pricey, but blood ketones are the gold standard. I have the meter, and it's simple to use. Worth a look at least! The name is "Nova Max Plus"
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    if you are diabetic many companies will send you a free one. in the UK they don't confirm your status with a Dr they just ask how many times you test so say at 4-5 so I guess I doesn't matter if you aren't actually diabetic. just tell them you're thinking of changing from a competitors brand .they make their money from the strips and want you to use their product.
    try going to their website s and looking or emailing them all first.
    I currently use this out and about as its so damn convenient to carry and there are no strips to put in each time.
    https://www.accu-chek.co.uk/gb/produ...ems/index.html
    this is my other favourite and is the one i tend to use at home
    https://www.accu-chek.co.uk/gb/produ...duct=avivanano
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    I prefer the one touch ultra and minis.

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