Reader survey responders said that
they tested a lot 'as I like to know
what's going on with my blood
glucose level' (33.4%) and 'I don't
mind blood tests and test as much
as I want to' (31.8%).
It's a brave soul who goes for a meter
that does not conform to ISO 151197!
The ISO standard for self-testing glucose
monitoring systems required that
manufacturers of these systems provided
even greater accuracy than previously.
Project leader for ISO 15197, Dr. Alan
Cariski, commented at the time of the
new standard (in 2013), "More accurate
glucose measurements will help patients
to better regulate their diabetes through
more informed treatment decisions that
may affect, for example, dietary intake
and medication dose, especially insulin."
A note about CGM accuracy: this is
defined by the Mean Absolute Relative
Difference (MARD). This is a measure
that shows on average how far away the
glucose sensor reading is from a blood
glucose reading, irrespective of whether
the difference observed is more or less
than the blood glucose reading. Source:
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READER SURVEY RESULTS
Our recent reader survey showed that the most-used blood glucose
meters (in order) are:
1. Roche (the Accu-Chek brand)
2. Abbott (FreeStyle brand)
3. Ascensia (Contour Next brand),
4. GlucoRx (Nexus range of meters)
When asked, 'how often and why do you test?', the responses
• 76% test between one and five times a day
• 30.3% test up to five times a day
• 29.4% more than five times a day.
• 7.2% said that they were testing more than six times a day in
order to qualify for a FreeStyle Libre.