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Home Diagnostics Sidekick Blood Glucose Testing System

4.1 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • No coding required
  • Results in 5 seconds
  • 1 microliter sample size
  • Simple 2-step testing- just insert strip and test
  • Alternative site testing (forearm or fingertip)

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Product Description

The SidekickTesting System is there when you need it. In your backpack or briefcase, your sports bag or suitcase, or simply in your pocket. Its small size makes it convenient to take wherever you go. The SidekickTesting System is the ultimate in ease-of-use and convenience. There is no coding required. When you're out of test strips, or upon the expiration date, simply discard the unit. What's best, the all-in-one SidekickTesting System costs less than most meters and test strips sold separately. The SidekickTesting System is ideal as a primary system or as a convenient partner to any primary monitoring system.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B000LJHZCQ
  • UPC: 885152647002 701682902438 021292001902 882910527811 884123090861
  • Item model number: D4H01-81
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,960 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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By C. Hill HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 12, 2008
I have used the "Sidekick" several times as a back up and traveling meter in place of my Ascensia CONTOUR Monitoring System. It worked fine the first two times, but on the third unit (you buy the whole unit each time) it showed readings that seemed way too low for what I had eaten and how I was feeling. Retesting several times showed the same results so I ate a bunch of carbs to raise my blood sugar levels and headed home. Once home, my "Contour" meter reported my sugar levels to be VERY high so tested again with the "Sidekick", which again reported low blood sugar levels. Likely I just had a bad meter or bad test strips (these things happen), but it isn't worth the risk to me. I bought another "Contour" to keep at work and for traveling.

Not recommended!
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I've used these for the past nine months or so. Wal-mart sells them for around [...] or less each, which includes 50 test strips. The name brands get twice as much money for the strips alone and you're stuck with a big glucometer. I wanted to test more often than my insurer would pay for, which is why I started using these.

The amount of blood required seems to be half what my One Touch wanted. The slightest prick usually draws enough blood. I haven't taken it to the doctor's to compare readings, but the results usually match how I feel and where I think I should be based on exercise and carb intake. If I skip lunch, the results from the Sidekick start to show I'm getting hypoglycemic just as I begin to feel it.

The Sidekick does not include a "lance", so I use the one that came with another glucometer. The Sidekick is very small, looks like a longer version of an old 35mm film cartridge. The lit flips up to give access to the strips, which are inside. It would be perfect if they could attach a lance.

The Sidekick "remembers" all 50 tests, so you don't have to write them down all at once. You push a button on the side of the lid and the readings show on top with the most recent one first.

You don't have to set it as you do for the One Touch. There's a tiny vial of test liquid and you use your first strip to verify the glucometer is working properly.
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Very compact, but not selfcontained, you still have to carry a lancet device and lancets with you. I wish for a computer interface (maybe infrared or bluetooth) to upload your log, but still a very useful product.
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This product stinks. I thought I would try to save money, but you get what you pay for. This meter averages over 40 points higher than the more accurate meters. Get a true test laser meter.
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I bought this system for my Father-in-Law who recently moved in with us after being overseas for many years. We were unable to find it at Wal-mart after the first time or buy it online anywhere but Amazon. Amazon comes through again with a VERY reasonable price and free shipping. This system is very compact, the strips and meter are one in the same. He keeps a written log rather than anything digital and is just developing personal control over his diabetes. There is no way to download to a computer, but does fit in a small carrying case well with the lancet etc... This is a good system for someone who prefers the most basic meter, and it is very affordable for the non-insured.
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I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 25 years, the last three of which I have ONLY used this meter. I have literally gone through dozens of these little beauties and I have never had a defective meter. In my experience this is the best meter on the market today. When you consider that a vial of 50 strips from any other manufacturer will cost about $50 and that doesn't include the meter. The Sidekick requires no coding, there is no clock to fiddle with, no batteries to replace and it gives you a result from a very small sample in a few seconds. All this for about $32. Plus it is small. Having to lug around a meter is a constant reminder that you are a diabetic. Having to lug around a meter that is the size of an iPod along with a vial of strips is an even bigger reminder. Five Stars all the way.
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I have several different blood glucose monitors and find this one is a great, no fuss, no muss monitor.
Fast results, and have tested it against other meters and seems very accurate. I see other reviews stating inaccuracies but this has not been my experience. Love the portability of this meter too,
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I purchased this from Wal-Mart for about 19 dollars.

The package includes the meter which doubles as the lid of a test strip container. Included with mine was 50 strips. Also in the box is control solution, directions and a small pouch.

Each test requires 1µl and it wants that too. Out of 50 tests 10 malfunctioned because of too little blood. As comparison the ReliON Prime only requires 0.5µl and Accu-Check FreeStyle 0.3µl. Because of that I don't think this one takes 'less blood' at all!

I feel like this meter might not be very accurate. One test showed 78mg/dl while a second test just moments later was 90. That is a pretty big range. None of the results in 40 really seem to support the working diagnosis that I might have diabetes. I started a new meter today and the results were surprisingly higher than anything I ever saw on this meter. Almost 20mg/dl higher than anything I received 4 hours after similar meals when testing with the Nipro SideKick. None of the tests I did back to back were less than 10mg/dl from each other. Even the control solution had a 15 point shift twenty seconds apart from each other.

When you provide the proper blood, the device starts a 5 second count down and displays the result. If you don't provide the proper amount of blood it immediately displays E2. This instant feedback saves time.

If you are going to be testing your blood glucose for a few weeks to see how you stand, this meter might be a good choice. It is considerably cheaper than anything else Wal-Mart had when you consider the other meters are sold with the test strips separately.

If you are going to be testing your blood glucose continuously for the indeterminable future consider another meter.
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