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REVERSING my suggestion after my comparison test.

If you got a Diathrive glucose meter / home test kit:

In a thread about ketogenic food plan - I had recommended a particular blood glucose meter for anyone, even if not on a ketogenic diet.

I thought I had found truly Affordable testing strips - and glucometer.

Why I think every home should have a glucometer:

To see where - anyone - is & how certain foods affect glucose levels. The idea is to keep glucose fairly level. Spikes can cause damage not just from the glucose but, actually, also by excessive insulin surges. Too much insulin can be toxic.

Wanted to share news about a good home glucose meter / glucometer - VERY affordable - as are the test strips.

DELETING my suggestion for a specific meter - NOT suggesting the Diathrive at all anymore.

UPDATE on 5-14-19:

Sorry - I no longer recommend the Diathrive glucose meter. I have found it to be terribly inaccurate. Just borrowed a friend's One Touch Ultra 2 for comparison.

The numbers differ an average of 16 points with same time, side-by-side comparison. Sometimes 5 points different, twice about 25 points different.

The OneTouch Ultra2 is one I would trust & is consistent (but can't afford to get one of my own).

It's the Diathrive meter that I can't trust. Even repeat tests in the same minute on my meter are sometimes wildly off.

I had not been testing that much so I did not notice it so much but did question how my glucose would often be.

After my series of 5 comparison tests with the two different meters yesterday, I tried calling Diathrive today. Can't get through. Even their online chat is not "on" right now.

I will contact them but - after also going to Amazon and seeing some new reviews for this kit others have bought since my purchase, some are having the same experience with inaccuracies.

The thing is, that unless someone has another brand meter to compare, they won't know. And, well, if we could afford a top brand meter, we would not have found this deep discount one.

Now, all meters can be a few points off, there is even "allowed" a range of 15% points to be "off" but what I've found is not suitable.

Sorry I recommended Diathrive and hope no one got one upon my recommendation.


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Results, side-by-side comparisons for some pre and post meal times. First number is immediately after last bite of my lunch as that's when my friend arrived with her meter and I was curious to get going with the test.

That first 72, after just eating makes no sense at all. It took me about 20 minutes to eat that lunch and glucose had to have risen beyond that.

The second number of the sequence is for one hour after a meal. That 78 makes zero sense.

Diathrive: . . . . . . . 72 . . 78, 79, 86, 84

OneTouch Ultra2: . . 99, 103, 84, 94, 98

Highest discrepancy: 27 points; lowest: 5.

Both units had been properly calibrated with their respective solutions (and solution and test strips were all within active dates).

Each unit's relatively fresh batteries just two months in place.

I had been getting so many readings in the '70's and '80's for the two months I've owned the Diathrive unit - and I thought I was just doing so super duper good.

The OneTouch makes much more sense and is still very nice range I have to see my very low carbs are keeping me in safe range.

I don't need to be testing any more foods, though, really as I've got the ketogenic / very low carb hang of it at the nearly a year mark now. If I do get a meter, it will be one with ketone readings, too, though for now food is the priority.

For those with diabetes, though, the quality of a glucometer is key & and life saving -- or threatening -- when they need to adjust medication in line with the reading.

And, for anyone on their own, testing out which foods spike their glucose, they still a meter that will be as accurate and reliable as possible.

I still think every home should have a good glucometer, though to see how certain foods can keep us in the safe zone or others might spike us into dangerous patterns.

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Finally connected with Diathrive. They will send me a replacement meter as it may be I just received a defective one. To be fair, that could have happened.

We'll see how that goes. I still have trust issues, though.

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