What's your favorite meter and CGM?

My insurance was just picked up by another company and my Contour meter of course is not their "preferred" meter. They suggested one touch, now I've used one touch years ago but I can't remember how accurate it seemed. Price only matters a little to me BUT my contour is almost twice as expensive...I honestly want the BEST one.
Now my second question is I want another CGM I ran multiple races wearing my Dexcom Seven but I'm not a huge fan of it. The key here is that I do not wear an insulin pump, I only do shots. So I need just a CGM not a pump.
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Comment by DeeJay on January 10, 2013 at 4:53pm

Hey Justina! I've been using one touch meters since my diagnoses as a baby in the late 80s, I dont believe there would be much difference in accuracy between one touch and contour. If im not mistaking one touch has waaay more experience in the "D" game than its counterpart.

As for CGMs, Dexcom and Medtronic are the only two available. I use the medtronic sensor with my insulin pump and I love it. you should think of upgrading to the Dexcom G4, maybe you'll like it better ;-)

Comment by acidrock23 on January 10, 2013 at 4:58pm

I like the One Touch Ultra Mini a lot and have a couple of them. They are great for running. On the recommendation of fellow member/ star of "Diabetic Athlete's Handbook" Jerry Nairn, I tried Race Ready shorts which have a mesh pocket that will hold the OTUM for 26.2 miles, which is very handy.

Re the CGM, I get pretty good results from the Medtronic CGM, I think that's your only choice other than Dexcom. The unit that is only a CGM is the same size as their pump (and I love my pump too...) but is very easy to clip to shorts, fuel belts or whatever for running. "Everyone" says the Dexcom is more accurate but the Medtronic one provides very reliable data for me and I've improved my BG control since I started using it in 2010. The Medtronic Carelink software is very easy to use and interpret data to identify trends with to make small adjustments. Although I dunno how that would work w/ MDI as I'm not sure that it's totally possible to do the fine incremental adjustments that one can do with a pump. Although I was always a big (literally...) "oh, I'll add a meniscus onto this unit of insulin to cover some "extra" which might be the same thing, if less precise. One other "fanboy" comment about Jerry, somewhere in his blog or homepage or something he has a pic of his Dexcom sensor taped to his arm for a race with packing tape. I prefer the Medtronic but that'd be an alternative. I saw the new Dexcom prominently displayed @ my endos the last appointment I had and was like "ooh, pretty colors" but I have no use for the extra gizmo. My belt is full and my pump/ CGM is clipped to it.

Comment by Clare on January 10, 2013 at 5:58pm

Hi Justina,
I used One Touch meters for years and was very pleased with their accuracy, then my insurance company said they would not longer pay for One Touch strips unless they were integrated with a pump, the only strips they would now pay for were Freestyle Lite strips from Abbott. So I was forced against my will to change. To be honest no meter is perfect and very few get great results as far as consumer reports is concerned, they actually did a comparison a few years ago. But the Freestyle lite uses way less blood than the One Touch meters do so from a comfort standpoint I'm happy with the Freestyle lite meters. http://forecast.diabetes.org/meters-2012
I have had a Dexcom G4 CGM for a couple of months and I totally love it. It is very dependable and accurate. The sensors last a long time and are comfortable to wear.I have not ever used a pump so I just use the CGM independently and have been on MDI for almost 38 years and until they have an omnipod/dexcom combo that runs from a single PDA I will not be getting a pump.

Comment by Justina on January 11, 2013 at 5:29pm

Okay so I'm in the works trying to get my insurance to cover the Dexcom G4...it said it weighs only 2.4 grams. That is freaking fantastic, so easy to carry on my long runs. I'm switching my meter to the One Touch Verio...well it was free and the stripes are over 50% cheaper then my Contour. I'm sure it'll be fine. I have to test so much more during all my training, I just feel a bit more secure having a CGM. I'm really going to try to PR this May, so my training will be really wicked. Just trying to be as responsible as possible.
Thanks for all your thoughts


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