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Tuesday
Oct012013

Accu-Chek Mobile - Compact Blood Glucose Meter for Diabetics

 

You may have heard someone say "I'd die if I lost my phone" which is a tad melodramatic, but when it comes to my blood glucose meter it's really not too far from the truth. 

It's very important for a Type 1 diabetic to know what their blood glucose level is...if it's allowed to get too high or too low, really bad things can happen. I'm not going to go into detail here, after all if you are a diabetic you'll already be all too aware of this and if you aren't, then you won't be interested. Needless to say though that whenever I get into a car to drive I need to know that I'm going to be able to safely operate the car without blacking out and my test meter gives me this vital information.

Since I carry my meter with me everywhere, the size is very important, the Accu-Chek mobile is the most compact all-in-one glucose meter I've found. 
Whenever a new headline about the rumoured Apple Smartwatch speculates about its ability to measure blood glucose, I sigh to myself. As much as I'd like a device that could constantly monitor my glucose level (indeed I'd probably pay £1000 for such a product) I know that measuring glucose requires blood or another body fluid or some kind of invasive probe. I can't just see Apple selling a watch that puts pins into your wrist any time soon. 
 
I try to keep up to date with any advances in this area, and know that there are numerous devices that promise to offer a better and easier way to test glucose, like swallowing a tiny sensor, or sticking one in your tear ducts. Unfortunately most of these are still stuck in clinical trials so at the moment the easiest and most common method is still to just prick a finger.
 
As I mentioned in the video, you can pick one of these up with a 50-test cartridge which should give you ample opportunity to decide whether it's suitable for you. A pack containing everything you need can be picked up from Amazon
 
A lot of people tend to stick with their test meter for years, but it's definitely worth trying newer devices because even in the world of diabetes, technology moves on pretty quickly. 

 

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Reader Comments (16)

Matt,

Thanks so much for this video, i to have type 1 and use a similar machine to you.This new one you have reviewed looks far hander to carry around and use.off to amazon to order one.

Thanks again

Willie

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwillie

My sons both have type1 and the elder one uses the Accu-Check Mobile since some weeks and he loves it. Thanks for the video!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKlaus

BTW, thanks for mentioning the two cases in your video, the smaller one seems to be perfect for the Mobile. I just called the Roche Diagnostics hotline here in Germany and they will send us one for free.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKlaus

Klaus, Glad I could be of help. The small case is really well made and delivery was quick too.

October 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Im sorry you had to disable comments and ratings on youtube. I am not diabetic but I have been a fan for a long time and I enjoyed this video just like all the rest. Good Job!

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrankie

I thought it best to disable the comments on this one and also not send out a message to thousands of people because of the specialised nature of this video. I could imagine that I would end up fielding lots of questions about diabetes, and frankly wasn't in the mood. The video will just stand on its own as a demo of a product for people looking for a review.

October 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

It would be nice to have a battery operated wrist bld pressure cuff that worked well. They are very handy and not even painful as the arm type, it would be great if u could review one at a good cost. Thx

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKurt John

Good video of a good meter, I just have one question. What version of OSX are you using?

I got this meter at the suggestion of Roche as it was the only one they made that supported the Mac.

It doesn't seem to for me.

The support chap says I must have OSX "Panther" for it to work. I said you must be joking as that was released 10 years ago.

So what version are you running? Any tips?

Thanks in advance.
Brian

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I think I'm using Snow Leopard, I'm not in front of it now. That shouldn't have a bearing on it though, because the software just runs in a browser. I use Safari usually, but I'm sure Chrome would work just as well.

October 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hiya

I was told by Roche that this machine wouldn't work with a Mac so I was surprised to see you using it successfully with one. Have you managed to use all the machine's functions properly on your Mac?

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

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