Testing Testing…the new iBG Star Blood Glucose Meter

August 3, 2012By 3 Comments

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try out the new iBG Star blood glucose meter by Sanofi.  I am someone who is very reluctant to change, so this was a big step for me!  I wanted to see how new technology like this could be applied to my busy lifestyle and if it could make my diabetes management a little more organized on days when chaos takes over.

I normally use a One Touch Mini and I program all my blood sugars into my insulin pump, so that when I download to my pump software, I can see all my blood sugars from my meter entries as well as from my continuous glucose monitor.  This is the ideal situation, as it gives me insight as to how my blood sugars are trending from minute to minute and how my glucose meter ranks against my sensor readings.   However, I only download my pump usually once every 2 weeks or sometimes only once per month.  It then takes me at least a few minutes to analyze my download before deciding to make any adjustments to my pump settings.  Therefore, I thought it would be helpful to have a meter and data that I could use right away to make adjustments.

Here are the pros and cons I discovered why exploring the versatility of the new iBG Star:

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Great for the gym and working out as it can just stay attached to my iTouch
  • Cool app and detailed trends right on-screen for immediate action
  • Needs a tiny drop of blood, about the same amount as my One Touch, maybe even less
  • App includes customizable meal entry and scenarios so that it makes sense for your lifestyle
  • You can email your provider your trends right from your iTouch or iPad.
  • Accurate (when compared with my One Touch, they weren’t more than 15 mg/dl difference and most meters can vary up to 20% anyways)

Cons

  • Very small print on the meter screen when used by itself and difficult to see in certain lighting, outdoors especially; and I don’t carry my iTouch with me everywhere I go, so I was relying on the meter by itself a lot.
  • Battery life is short, although it does come with a charging cord so no need to stress about not having a hard to find watch battery in your junk drawer!
  • I have Medco prescriptions, and when I called to ask if they could split my order between my One Touch test strips and iBG (since I still would like to use both meters), they said they could not split brands in one order.

For me, the best thing about using the iBG was when I was away at a work meeting last week.  I was sitting in a conference room for three days straight, and my blood sugars were (no surprise) trending very high because I was doing lot’s of snacking and not a lot of moving around.  It was great to be able to look at my trends on my iTouch after the first day of the meeting and make adjustments to my basal rate on my pump for the rest of the meeting to try to avoid high blood sugars.

Overall, I think this is a great new tool and practical technology that many diabetics, pumping or not, will find useful.

 

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  1. Andy says:

    Thanks for the review Regina! Checked one out at the vendor booth at camp carefree last week. Thinking about getting it with an I-pod for Emily. Can you use it with multiple i-pods/i-phones? Do you know of any good carb counter apps that we could download to her ipod?

    • Diabetes says:

      Hi Andy. I’m not sure, but I think you can use it with multiple ipods/iphones, but I would ask the rep about that. I personally use CarbControl for an app on my itouch. I like it because it has a lot of popular restaurant chains in there like Panera and Starbucks. I am not aware of any specific Carb apps that go with the iBG, but I would bet they will come up with one.

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