Honestly, it's going to be as useful as you make it. I'm just now getting back on the wagon with my testing - went for a long while with sporadic testing and realized I was doing myself more harm than good with that (thank you, everyone who commented on my post). I use an Ultrasmart, but I'm not using all the log features available on it. I'm just testing with it, and writing down my results in a day planner - filling out the lines gives me a better sense of having done something. It's a great meter - but the writing is more fulfilling for some reason.
I worked my way up into using the Ultrasmart for insulin doses or boluses and total carbs as well as blood sugar...
If you can keep up with it, it can be really useful, esp if your going to go on a pump or are on a pump, figuring out your current Total daily dose (if you enter BOTH types of insulin)... and such...for awhile i was just using it for bolus insulin and blood glucose...
As someone said, its only as useful as you make it... but dont be discouraged if you dont enter EVERYTHING.. work your way up to it..
I have had mine since 2005, and I love it. Now, do I use all it's features? No, but I still like it a lot. When I take it to my CDE they can upload the readings on their computer and it give nice charts and graphs.
If you promise not to laugh, i used that tag as a spare tag for basically user error/retest... Wish the meter would let you mark readings that you knew were off due to hands/not a true fill/etc... and drop them from the tag list
I had and used one up until I got a One Touch Ping Meter. I loved it and it was useful. i used all the settings and really found them useful. took a bit to learn how to use it but once, i did, wow! helped me a lot.
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