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[IP] DEX meter
Let me see if I can answer some of the question resulting from my note about
the new DEX meter.
Sensor Packets: they will come 5 packages of 10 sensors per box at about the
same price as other strips: $30 -35 per box. Price varies apparently because
of pharmacy mark-up---what's new!?
Janine: you "bought" the DEX? I was told it is not yet available until after
As for the plasma vs. whole blood calibration, read Ernest's note. He is
right as I understand it. The values are manipulated to give you a number
close to what you would get from the A1C test at a lab. These meters that do
this (Lifescan's SureStep and the DEX) will give you slightly higher #s. What
you have to decide, if you are using 2 different kinds of meters, is: is the
difference enough to correct with either food or insulin.
To Get in the Trial Study: I really don't know, but I will give you the 800
number on the back of my DEX and you can ask them: 800-348-8100. It is worth
the call, cuz you get the meter free and free strips through March.
Since this is the first full day I have used my DEX I have been testing on my
three (!!) meters each time. Take a look at these differences:
Before Lunch: SureStep 126 Medisense2 112 DEX 148
Mid Afternoon: SureStep 100 Medisense2 100 Dex 111
Before Dinner: ; SureStep 222 Medisense2 226 Dex 281
After Dinner: SureStep 145 Medisense2 151 DEx 172
The Surestep and Dex have the plasma values. So the DEX is definitely higher
and the only question I had was how much insulin to take for the 281. I took
an average and treated that number and looks like it was a good guess. (
would have taken one unit for 226 and 1 1/2 for 281)
Hope I didn't bore too many of you! Karen