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I don't take writing negative reviews lightly. I am posting this because it could be dangerous for insulin dependent diabetics. I am using this glucometer to measure my ketones and glucose during a water fast. I kept getting really high glucose readings (125-154mg/dl) after one week of no food, and I tested a couple of friends that have normal blood sugars and theirs were reading high too, so I knew something had to be wrong. I used another more expensive glucometer that came back with levels in the expected range. When I compared them directly with the same blood stick, the nova Max read 131 and the other brand read 73 (which is expected for me on a fast).
On the plus side the ketones seem to be more accurate - they are measuring where expected and less than 10% different than the other monitor. Being that the test strips are less expensive for this monitor, I will continue using it to test ketones.
I agree with the other negative reviews. I fast regularly and started to think I had a health problem. the readings were 130-150 even after long periods without food. This meter and the strips are NOT trustworthy. If you google you will find a multi-year history of complaints and recalls also at least one imposed by the FDA in 2013. This is not rocket science so very disappointing that this company has not resolved its quality issues and does not care of the risk it is potentially exposing people to. I also tried the control solution and got the same reading.... something wrong with strips, meter or both.
I recently bought this glucometer to manage nutritional ketosis as I am following a low carb diet. I had some reservations from reading other reviews about it being inaccurate for glucose readings, however, I decided to try it anyway and I am so glad I did. After reading the manual and doing a little bit of research I made sure to thoroughly clean my fingertip before performing a glucose check, the reason being that depending on what you have on your fingers from the millions of things we touch everyday, one spec of glucose as small as a piece of dust can throw the meter way off due to the small sample size. Also, making sure you don't touch the test strip to your finger and just touching it to the blood drop gives you a higher chance of avoiding contaminants.
I checked my control solution, and it was perfectly in range. I checked my glucose and ketones and both readings seemed quite accurate! I think this meter just needs a user that will follow guidelines for use, and for the difference in price it is worth having to be a little bit more finicky.
All in all, I would absolutely recommend the Nova Max!
You can't beat the price but you will get what you pay for. I bought this meter to save on the cost of test strips for my Precision Xtra. I'm amazed at the inaccuracy when doing a side by side with my Precision Xtra. The Max Plus was throwing about 30+ points higher then my Precision Xtra. Two or three points would have been okay but 30 points is just not useful. I recommend buying the Precision Xtra if you need accuracy. Don't waste your time and money on the Max Plus.
I am new to a ketogenic lifestyle and wanted to a monitor to perform occasional checks on my current ketone levels. This Nova Max was reasonably priced as were the test strips. However, it only accepts the strips about 25% of the time. AND if it did work...it would read LOW. It is very difficult to monitor and adjust what you don't know. Making them much more expensive, not to mention frustrating. I tossed this one in a drawer and ordered the Precision Xtra. More expensive...but works every single time.
Not sure of the accuracy of the glucometer but I mainly use it to measure my blood ketones as I follow a ketogenic diet. The carrying bag it comes with is rather small so no adding additional vials or equipment - just enough room for glucometer, one strip vial and the lancing device and a few lancets. The only thing you'll need to buy to use this monitor are glucose strips for blood sugars or keto strips for checking ketones. The lancets, lancing device and monitor are all included.
Great, reasonably priced (though ketone strips are another costly matter entirely), consistent readings, and cheaper when compared to the Precision. I'll stick with not being the sucker in this instance and go with Nova Max Plus, thank you very much.