My daughter and I are both Type 1 and ski quite a bit. We started using the Countour Next Link meter this summer. I love the meter but am questioning its accuracy. I've noticed some weird readings after testing multiple times consecutively (yes, I washed my hands). We are also having problems with cold. For example, the other day I was in my car (just got in and I live in WI so it was cold) and my BG reading was 40. My dexcom said 117 and I sure didn't feel 40. Went back inside and I was 107. I have noticed that the meter is not accurate when we are skiing and we have to rely on our Dexcoms which I know is a no, no but it's better than nothing (we keep handwarmers by our meters but as soon as the strips hit cold air not much we can do). We are going to the riding on insulin camp with Sean Busby in 2 weeks and am looking for recommendations on a good meter for cold weather. Maybe there is nothing out there that can handle the Polar Vortex???? I appreciate any recommendations you would have for meters that can handle cold weather.
I hve been using the Contour next, as it chimes in with my MM 330 G, the new meter with sensor. I will double check a few times in next few days, b/c I have not noticed anything feeling inaccurate with it. Have you spoken to the CDE or endo office to see what they are hearing?
They have had complaints this winter with cold weather. My issue is that I don't know if any meter can be accurate in this weather we are having. We haven't cracked zero much around here and have spent a good portion of time well below zero.
Its been a rough one here too. Good you have the dex for outdoors activities. I have heard of folks going on extreme outdoor adventures and advice with meters. Hope someone follows up for you..and all of us. My body doe not like this weather one bit!
Diabetes Forecast and I'm sure other magazines have done comparisons of meters and show the temperature requirements. Try searching for blood glucose meter comparisons or something like that. Or try searching on diabetes.org (the ADA site).
I read the Contour Next is only good to 41 degrees according to the information I read on it. This might be true for all meters. The magazine Diabetes Forecast has a sections on meters in January issus. I am sure this info is on there web site DiabetesForecast.org Good luck :)
All test strips must be used within a specific temperature range, which usually appears right on the package. Contour test strips must be stored at between 41 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, all meters themselves, are limited by high and low temperature. The fda test report on the meter specifically states as follows: Temperature and humidity operating conditions were evaluated for temperatures ranging from 41oF-113oF (5oC to 45oC) and relative humidity from 10% to 93% including extreme combinations of temperature and humidity, e.g. lowest humidity with lowest and highest temperature and highest humidity with lowest and highest temperature. Protocol and acceptance criteria were provided and found to be acceptable. The results supported the Sponsor’s claimed operating temperature from 41oF-113oF and relative humidity range from 10% to 93%
I, too, am a skier. I always carry my meter inside my clothing, as close to my body as possible, to keep it warm. If the meter does not work, warm it up by putting it under your armpit until it works properly.
We keep it close to our bodies (in belt that is right against the skin and under all clothing) and I put a handwarmer by it so it's warm and it certainly works but the readings are inaccurate. It seems as soon as the strip hits this extreme cold air it is not accurate at all. Maybe there is no meter/strip combo that is a match for this year's polar vortex. I'm hoping the weather stays in the thirties as is predicted down in Galena, Illinois where the camp is.
We have had some trouble too. though, I just thought it was more related to the coldness of his hands/blood than the meter itself. One time he registered low (40 something) and he had been outside and he clearly didn't act low - but in this case the meter was inside where it was warm. I would try warming up your hands and see if that makes a difference.