I use a freestyle lite meter because that’s what my insurance covers. Back in 2009 Abbott, the maker of the strips, had some issues with strips that read low. Supposedly they revamped their test strips to make them the most accurate (not sure I believe that).
I seem to experience great variation from one bottle of test strips to the next. The one I have now appears to read lower than normal. For example, I tested last night, about 2 hours after eating Chinese food. I was trying to find out whether I could get away with eating some dessert, or whether I would still be running a little high from the Chinese. I got a 76 (!) which is a really low number for me even two hours after eating. I opened another bottle of test strips, took out a strip, tested the same finger, and got a 96.
For a waking number today, using the bottle that seems to give low readouts, I got an 80. Normally, I never get a number that low as a waking number.
Is this sort of within the normal realm of variation for test strips, or could i really have gotten a bottle of test strips that just somehow reads lower than it should?