meters With magic insiDe
the accu-chek the freestyle insulinx* has
expert* (pictured an icon-driven touch-screen.
left) has on- you press the relevant icon
board ‘advisor’ to get into that part of the set
to help you judge up. there is an onboard bolus
the correct insulin calculator. one button acts as
dose. it also has a the home button. the name
great colour screen. InsuLinx (pictured right) reflects
test your blood, that the meter is about linking The Sorcerer’s Apprentices
enter your carbs and tests to insulin. A little figure of While not having full bolus wizards on
the system will give you ad- a man on the screen shows if board, other meters offer most of this
functionality with items such as pattern
vice on your dose (bolus). gain you have any active insulin still
identifiers. Sanofi’s iGBStar, Lifescan’s
greater confidence in how to in your system and it will warn
Verio iQ and the contour next usb all
use your blood glucose results you if you’re ‘insulin stacking’ offer the opportunity to log blood test
to achieve the kind of blood (popping in a bit more insulin if results, carbs eaten and insulin doses
test results you want to see, your numbers are high – which given then look back over your logs of
and avoid hypos in the process. can lead to a hypo. results to see patterns and trends.
* Due to the fact that these meters need to be set up around your own individual needs, such as your insulin-to-carbohy-
drate ratios, you need to approach your healthcare professional about getting hold of one!