After spotting an ad in Balance I’ve just called Lifescan to get sent a new OneTouch Verio Pro to test out. The advert claims to be able to spot patterns of high and low readings and suggest that dosage needs altering. It seems like a very, very slimmed down version of the Aviva Expert – which I’m still trying to blag.
There’s also a claim about “GlucoFilter – Corrects for the presence of many substances that interfere with test accuracy*” “*Corrects for the presence of certain substances that, when present at therapeutic levels, commonly interfere with accurate BG results, such as paracetamol and Vitamin C.”
That’s all new on me but we shall see what the detail says once received.
The advert also states it’s only for people without a OneTouch meter. I explained that I use a Nano regularly and although they think I have three UltraEasys and one Ultra, I never use them and most have long since gone. My stated usage of 8 tests a day seemed to calm her down a little although she was very insistent that my Doctor goes through the set-up with me as I’ll need “his” (her gender assumption) help with any dosage adjustment based on the meter’s opinion.
Detail on the Lifescan website is minimal but if anyone else wants to try one out; the number to call is 0800 279 4142 (UK) and quote reference AE115 from the advert that you’ve seen in the latest Balance magazine.
I’ll feedback on how it goes when I’ve got it tested.
Oops. Sorry. Was meant to come back with a full review but haven’t really used it enough to justify that.
Firstly as mentioned previously the OneTouch Comfort pricker is by far the least painful pricker I’ve used although the needles aren’t as hardwearing as my previous Multiclix so maybe aren’t as suitable for those that replace less frequently.
Next the meter. Roughly twice the size of my favoured Nano with a test strip that needs blood applying from the side. It comes with average analysis scores over 7, 14, 30 and days. Results can be tagged as before-meal, after-meal, fasting or bedtime.
The highly promising trend analysis looks at your BG and will display a message depending on whether it spots a trend in your BG. The lower limit of the acceptable range is set at 3.8mmol/L but the upper pre-meal limit is entirely changeable depending on your own targets.
A low pattern message will appear when you get a ‘low’ (under 3. BG on any 2 days within the same 3hr period over the last 5 consecutive days.
A high pattern message will appear when you get a ‘high’ BG on any 3 days with the test tagged as pre-meal within the same 3hr period over the last 5 consecutive days. This only works for pre-meal tagged tests.
That’s it. No more analysis, which is a great shame. There’s obviously potential here but the inability to add insulin or notes for exercise etc means that the 1,001 other ;