Review of the Bayer Contour Next EZ Glucometer and Strips

contour-next-ezWhat is a Glucometer?

A Glucometer or glucose meter is a medical device for determining the approximate concentration of glucose in the blood.
It is a key element of home blood glucose monitoring by diabetics. A small drop of blood is obtained by pricking the finger tip with a
lancet and is placed on a disposable test strip. The glucose meter will read and calculate the blood glucose level from the small drop of blood.

The Bayer Contour Next EZ

The Bayer Contour Next EZ meter is a glucometer that is easy to setup right out of the box and allows you to customize the meter to fit your specific needs.
It is a good choice for the novice tester or those who don’t need a lot of extra functions. It is a plain Jane simple meter.

A personal hi/low range setting allows you to customize the meter to fit your specific needs. The meters accuracy of the blood glucose
is from 20 mg/dL to 600 mg/dL, (1.2 mmol/l to 33.4 mmol/l) but programming your upper and lower levels will help you before any problems start.

If you are at the lower level of 20 mg/dL or upper level of 600 mg/dL for some reason, may god help you. Something is not right.

The meter takes 5 seconds to read the results of the sample blood on the strip and is very accurate. The process uses innovative proprietary
Sip-In test strips that absorb 0.6 microL of blood to ensure an accurate result on one try. The meter then uses Bayer’s Multipulse technology
to evaluate the sample blood.

Meter Accuracy

The process repeats the evaluation of the blood sample up to seven times to verify an accurate reading.
This meter is supposed to be accurate to 20, 650 feet, as opposed to most other meters rated at 10,000 feet.
Like most of the meters, it does not work well at 40 F or less.

The meter is compact at 3.03 x 2.24 x 0.74 inches and weighs 1.7 ounces with 2 CR-2032 Lithium batteries.
This no frills meter has a black-and-white display which makes it hard to read in the dark, but will have
the capacity to store 480 readings in memory.

Bayer GlucoFacts Deluxe Management software is available from the Bayer website along with a series of how-to
videos and other tools to help with nutrition planning and blood-sugar monitoring. You can also check out Intermittent Fasting, Low Carb High Fat diet and exercise for further information,
The software is a free download and works on both PC and Mac.

Unfortunately, you do need to purchase a data cable to transfer data from the glucometer to your computer.
I never used this function because of the cost and would record by pen into my daily log book.

A quick note, the wireless glucometers chew up the lithium batteries because they have a blue tooth radio in them.
If you have issues setting up your device wirelessly, it will chew up the batteries in no time.

The Contour Next Features

THE CONTOUR®NEXT TEST STRIP FEATURES:
CONTOUR®NEXT test strips can be used with CONTOUR®NEXT ONE, CONTOUR®NEXT, CONTOUR®NEXT LINK 2.4 ,
CONTOUR®NEXT LINK, CONTOUR®NEXT EZ and CONTOUR®NEXT USB blood glucose meters to give you:

  • Remarkable accuracy in test results
  • Second-Chance® sampling
  • Easy Sip-In Sampling® automatic strip filling action that helps you test correctly the first try
  • Accuracy even at low blood glucose levels
  • No Coding™ technology
  • No interference with maltose and galactose‡, and other common substances (such as acetaminophen, vitamin C and uric acid)

Accuracy of the Meters

A note about accuracy of the meters, they can range anywhere from + or –  10 % to 15 % of a lab reading on the same blood sample.
Why is accuracy important? Accurate readings can help you make the right decisions when they matter the most. Insulin users
will understand this. Test as many foods as you think will be part of your diet. It will be a lot of pricks, but worth it. For that you will need many strips.

Recording Blood Sugar Data

Gone are the days of the Glucograf III invented by the glucometer pioneer diabetologist Dr. Richard K. Bernstien. It was an old school pen and paper type
recording for diabetics to keep track of their blood glucose. There is a sheet that can be copied right from the text of his book[1]. He talks about recording information and
faxing the information to your doctor.

This may sound amusing, but is almost the same method that we use today to pass information to our doctor or health practitioner.
Glucograf is a registered trademark of Dr. Bernstein.

The Contour Next EZ will automatically record the blood glucose reading into the device. Record up to 460 times and save in memory. Depending on the actual Contour device
model it can be programmed and linked to a computer or device to record the readings. The Contour Next Link 2.4 attaches to your device or computer wirelessly.

How to Test?

Setup a baseline test. Take a blood reading before you consume food, then take another blood reading 20 minutes after food consumption. You will learn that carbohydrates and protein will cause blood glucose to spike after consumption. Soon you will know what foods cause blood glucose to spike.

Read labels on food products and note the carb content. Then you can plan your meals. Always take a blood reading to be sure. If the reading is out of whack, then you know something is not right. If you are not sure, take another reading.

Here is a Tip

Lower your sugar intake gradually, and then eliminate completely from your diet.

Pros

  • Simple
  • Reliable
  • Low price
  • Strips are cheap online and can be used with the Contour Next series glucose meters
  • Meter good for 480 readings and stores in memory.
  • Strips absorb blood easily

Cons

  • Need to buy a cable to attach to your computer
  • Hard to read in the dark.

In Conclusion

Bayer’s Contour Next EZ meter is a simple, low priced device, and with a 5-year warranty. The strips are one of the best
sellers on the market and available at just about any pharmacy.  Or you can have them delivered to your door. Order from here.  Or you can order from here.

I recommend this meter and strips if you are going to be doing a lot of tests. I find that the strips are quite good at absorbing blood because of the contoured shaped. Just prick your finger and touch the strip to the blood and it will flow into the strip. Clean, quick, easy, and no mess except for a bit of blood.

I give this system a 4.8 stars out of 5 stars.

 

Reference

1. Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution – The Complete Guide To Achieving Normal Blood Sugars, Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, Little Brown Spark, 2011, p85.

Recommended Reading

Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution – A Complete guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars, Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, Little Brown Spark, 2011.

 

 

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