Q: I have a low iron count. Low hemoglobin and low hematocrit. Which of the popular meters are accurate despite low hemoglobin? Thanks in advance for your assistance. The pharmacist at two different major chain stores did not have an answer.
Having low hematocrit levels can result in home blood glucose readings that are higher than your actual values. According to a 2013 study, the following meters are the most accurate when hematocrit values are low:
- Accu-Chek Active (7% higher than actual value)
- Glucofix mio Plus (5% higher than actual value)
- GlucoMen LX Plus (4%higher than actual value)
- NovaMax Plus (4% higher than actual value)
- Nova Max Link (7% higher than actual value)
- OneTouch Verio (3% higher than actual value)
Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.
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