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Blood Glucose Meter Comparison

Enroll with Focus Pharmacy and start savingFocus Express Mail Pharmacy knows that blood glucose meter comparisons can be confusing. So we've put together an easy to use chart so you can compare blood glucose monitors.

Many people think of their blood glucose meters as a sort of sophisticated electronic toy. But the numbers they display after you check your blood really are meaningful.

In the United States, those numbers are a measure of how much glucose is in your blood expressed in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl). A normal fasting level is below 100 mg/dl. The rest of the world measures blood glucose in millimoles per liter (mmol/l). To convert mg/dl to mmol/l, divide by 18.

If you dislike pricking your finger to get a drop of blood for the meter, you might consider how we checked our levels before blood glucose meters were invented. Checking urine isn't nearly as accurate; it's also somewhat inconvenient and unpleasant and has to be done in private. Your meter really proves its value when you undergo personal changes, such as changes in your physical health, stress level or amount of exercise.

Accu-Chek Active from Roche Diagnostics Accu-Chek Active
Roche Diagnostics


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 200 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: Y
Strips: Accu-Chek Active Test Strips
Requires Coding: Y
Accu-Chek Advantage from Roche Diagnostics Accu-Chek Advantage
Roche Diagnostics


Testing Time: 10 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 480 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: Y
Strips: ACCU-CHEK Comfort Curve Test Strips
Requires Coding: Y
Accu-Chek Aviva from Roche Diagnostics Accu-Chek Aviva
Roche Diagnostics


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 500 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: Y
Strips: ACCU-CHEK Wide-Mouth Test Strips
Requires Coding: N
Accu-Chek Compact Plus from Roche Diagnostics Accu-Chek Compact Plus
Roche Diagnostics


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 500 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: Y
Strips: ACCU-CHEK Compact Plus Drum
Requires Coding: N
Ascensia Breeze 2 from Bayer Ascensia Breeze 2
Bayer


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 420 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: N
Strips: Ascensia AUTODISC
Requires Coding: N
Ascensia Contour from Bayer Ascensia Contour
Bayer


Testing Time: 15 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 480 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: Y
Strips: CONTOUR Test Strips
Requires Coding: N
Contour USB from Bayer Contour USB
Bayer


Testing Time: 15 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 2000 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: Y
Strips: CONTOUR Test Strips
Requires Coding: N
FreeStyle Freedom Lite from Abbott Diabetes Care FreeStyle Freedom Lite
Abbott Diabetes Care


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 400 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: N
Strips: FreesStyle Lite test strips
Requires Coding: N
FreeStyle Lite from Abbott Diabetes Care FreeStyle Lite
Abbott Diabetes Care


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 400 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: N
Strips: FreesStyle Lite test strips
Requires Coding: N
Nova Max Link from Nova Biomedical Nova Max Link
Nova Biomedical


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: N
Memory: 400 
Works w/ Insulin Pump: Y : Paradigm model 512, 712 or higher insulin pump
Management Software: Y
Strips: Nova Max« Test Strips
Requires Coding: N
OneTouch Ultra from Lifescan OneTouch Ultra
Lifescan


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 150 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: N
Strips: OneTouch Ultra Test Strips with FastDraw Design
Requires Coding: Y
OneTouch UltraLink from Lifescan OneTouch UltraLink
Lifescan


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 500 
Works w/ Insulin Pump: Y : MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time System
Management Software: Y
Strips: OneTouch« Ultra« Test Strips
Requires Coding: Y
OneTouch UltraMini from Lifescan OneTouch UltraMini
Lifescan


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 500 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: N
Strips: OneTouch Ultra FastDraw Design Test Strips
Requires Coding: Y
OneTouch UltraSmart from Lifescan OneTouch UltraSmart
Lifescan


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 3000 records
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: Y
Strips: OneTouch Ultra Test Strips with FastDraw Design
Requires Coding: Y
Precision Xtra from Abbott Diabetes Care Precision Xtra
Abbott Diabetes Care


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 450 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: Y
Strips: Precision Glucose Test Strips & Precision Ketone Test Strips
Requires Coding: N
Sidekick from Home Diagnostics, Inc. Sidekick
Home Diagnostics, Inc.


Testing Time: 5 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: N
Strips: 50 test strips built-in meter
Requires Coding: N
TRUE2go from Home Diagnostics, Inc. TRUE2go
Home Diagnostics, Inc.


Testing Time: 4 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 99 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: N
Strips: TRUEtest Strips
Requires Coding: N
TRUEbalance from Home Diagnostics, Inc. TRUEbalance
Home Diagnostics, Inc.


Testing Time: 10 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 365 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: Y
Strips: TRUEbalance Test Strips
Requires Coding: N
TRUEread from Home Diagnostics, Inc. TRUEread
Home Diagnostics, Inc.


Testing Time: 10 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 200 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: N
Strips: TRUEread Test Strips
Requires Coding: Y
TRUEresult from Home Diagnostics, Inc. TRUEresult
Home Diagnostics, Inc.


Testing Time: 4 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 500 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: N
Strips: TRUEtest Strips
Requires Coding: N
TRUEtrack from Home Diagnostics, Inc. TRUEtrack
Home Diagnostics, Inc.


Testing Time: 10 seconds
Alternate Site Testing: Y
Memory: 365 tests
Works w/ Insulin Pump: N
Management Software: N
Strips: TRUEtrack Test Strips
Requires Coding: Y
For a list of discontinued meters, click here.