Until now, the improvements in the blood glucose meters that all of us who have diabetes use have been tiny steps forward. In the 40 years since the Ames Reflectance Meter — our first blood glucose meter — came on the market, these little changes have added up to much greater convenience. And now a new meter is here that takes us so much further that I’m having a hard time to decide which improvements I should write about.
Fittingly, this meter comes from Bayer Diabetes Care. Bayer is one of the four leading meter manufacturers in the United States (the others are LifeScan with its OneTouch meters, Roche with its Accu-Chek meters, and Abbott with its TheraSense meters). It’s fitting because a company that is now part of Bayer made the first meter.
Less fitting, I think, is the name of the new meter. Bayer calls it the Contour USB. The original Contour meter has been around for five years. While it was the first meter that we didn’t have to code its test strips, calling the new meter the Contour USB seemed to be rather ho-hum at first.
And after using the Contour USB for the first time today, it seems even more of a misnomer. This is a stunning meter.
Bayer’s New Contour USB Blood Glucose Meter