Bayer's Contour Blood Glucose Monitoring System
- Made in USA
- No coding required
- 5 second test time
- Pre/post meal test marking for better glucose control
- 0.6 blood sample size, alternative site testing, palm or forearm
- 480 test result memory with 14 day average
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Top Customer Reviews
The display is quite large for those with eyesight difficulties. It comes with a carrying case to hold the meter, a lancet, and a vial of test strips. You don't even have to take the meter out of the case to use it...just unzip the case and pop in a test strip!
It's easy to track pre-and post-meal readings using the up/down arrow and "M" button to mark each result. It can even be set to remind you to re-test post-meal in 2.5 hours!
The meter can be connected to a PC for downloading data (my doctor does this for me to analyze my readings).
It only comes with a few test strips (this is how all glucometers are packaged), so be sure to get extras. If your insurance doens't cover the strips, LOOK AROUND AT AMAZON for boxes of strips. They can be found for almost 50% of the cost at your local Wal-Mart.
Despite cutting my carbs/sugar to 20 grams or less per day, my blood glucose readings were all over the place so I thought my meter was a dud.
The Metformin medication I was prescribed caused gastric distress so my physician put me on a clear liquid diet to clear it up. During the clear liquid diet which consisted of water, fat free, msg free chicken broth and sugar free jello, I had to go back in for an additional lab. I had been on the clear liquid diet for over a day and a half and yet my blood glucose readings would frequently shoot up to almost 200!
When I went to the lab to have the test done, I asked them if they could test my blood glucose as well and at the same time, I would use my meter to test.
I honestly thought the result would be that my meter was a lemon. I tested on my Bayer Contour using the same blood sample as the lab used. My meter reading said 183 and the lab test was 186. The head of the lab said that is very accurate for a home meter.
It ended up my blood glucose was so high because of a substance called "Maltodextrin" which was in the sugar free jello I was ingesting. Once I cut out all products with maltodextrin in them from my diet, my blood glucose quickly normalized and has been in the normal range ever since.
Things you should know about using this meter:
1. Wash your hands prior to handling your strips - using alcohol on the finger you will be poking to do your test is not enough.Read more ›
However, after trying 3 different measures at 1 min intervals, the results were spread apart: 148, 110, 126. I called bayer customer support, and they confirmed the accuracy is only +/-20%. So a difference of 40 between measurements is to be expected.
I was expecting better especially with the "accuracy made easy" statement on the box.
The problem is these units are never accurate. I test 3 to 5 times in a row, and get readings that are as much as 50 points different. You might as well not use the meter and just guess.
The meter is good for ballpark measurements, such as high medium or low, but is no good at all if you are told by your doctor to try and achieve a specific goal. The doctor was trying to get me from a 130 to a 120 reading, and the meter was showing results from 115 to 165, when I ran the test 5 times in a row.
Some times I would have a batch of test strips that failed to work at all 75% of the time, so I had to do 4 tests to get one measurement. When I was in the hospital for a minor surgery, the nurse had to throw 2 boxes of new test strips away before she found one that worked... Then she tested me multiple times to be sure the results were good...
I have switched to the TRUEResult system, and now when I do 3 tests in a row, they are within 4 points of each other! So I can feel confident that I got a real answer from the test. TRUEResult Blood Glucose Starter Kit
The Contour deserves zero stars... But that is not an option. Easy to use, but unreliable results.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't buy this product! It is not accurate when comparing to the ones used by doctors.Published 13 hours ago by Marjorie Campbell
Worked as expected, but I'll be honest. The instructions aren't as clear about how to do things and fully utilize the machine as you would think.Published 10 days ago by Norman
this is the third or the fourth one I buy; this one works so far, but all the previous ones failed after some time. :-(Published 11 days ago by UkieCat
Doc suggested this and so far, it seems to be giving very accurate readings.Published 19 days ago by Jeff D