I'm type 1 and not very experienced. I'm hoping to get some help identifying a good, accurate, user friendly meter and (possibly painless) please. I realise there are many threads going on and I have read up on many of them and many different meters also. But to pick out an ideal glucose meter, I'm hoping to draw from other people's opinions and user's experience. Any input from your personal experience would be greatly appreciated!!
I lead an active lifestyle, spending most of my days outdoor, and have always found the fingerprick method to be cumbersome, even though I know that it gives more accurate readings compared to CGMs. Still, I'm quite interested in trying one of the CGMs because it seems more convenient. A part of me is still hesitant since I have heard of the numerous problems concerning calibrations, the readings being off for many hours before the sensor gets calibrated, and reading variations from one sensor to another.
I'm worried about the inaccurate readings in the first couple of hours when you install a new sensor and the constant calibrations that would follow.
- How do I know when would be best to calibrate my sensor to not botch all my future readings?
- How do I accurately calibrate it, because the blood reading you would take to calibrate is ahead of the CGM reading from interstitial fluid, right?
- Also is it painful to have a meter lodged on the abdomen?
- Did anyone have any experience with better A1C using one method over the other?
- I also heard that how your CGM readings correspond to your blood readings depends on where the CGM is placed, has anyone observed this?
- Considering these problems, for those who have had experience with both the fingerprick method and CGM, do you find the CGM to be easier to use?
- Which is your ideal meter, any meter, CGM or not CMG, and why?
- Or just for fun, any ideal dream/fantasy meter?
Many thanks in advance for any input!!