More than 880,000 Quebecers live with diabetes. That is more than 10% of the population, according to the most recent figures from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec1. Managing this chronic disease is not always easy and can, at times, be stressful. Poor control can have serious consequences and lead to complications, such as blindness, kidney failure or amputations. The best ways to monitor this disease are to have a good blood glucose meter and a blood glucose diary to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Ascensia has been active in the diabetes care community for 70 years. Its mission is "to provide products and solutions that make a positive, daily difference for people with diabetes." Its extensive experience in the field makes Ascensia an expert on the vital impact of blood sugar readings and importance of simplicity in managing diabetes.
This is what motivated the work around its intelligent reader, the CONTOUR NEXT ONE. To begin its development, the company considered the risks of unrecognized hypoglycaemia2 caused by erroneous results, cases that were said to be on the rise. From this observation, Ascensia wanted to design the most accurate tool possible accessible to all.
Blood glucose meter accuracy
The company’s vast knowledge has led to the creation of cutting-edge technology that provides data almost as precise as that obtained in a laboratory. This new tool gives diabetics peace of mind and the freedom to go about their daily lives.
A reading error can affect food choices, what a person needs to do, and consequently, the insulin dose. It is therefore essential to choose the right glucose meter, because no one wants to be hindered in their daily activities by doubt or an uncertain result. Studies 3 4 carried out for Ascensia conclude that by meeting Health Canada ISO standards, the CONTOUR NEXT ONE reader is accurate within ± 8.4%5 compared to results obtained in a laboratory. This is the most accurate reader ever developed by Ascensia Diabetes Care6. In addition, the smartLIGHT™ feature, which is built into the meter, instantly shows whether your blood sugar is within target.
Simple and intuitive to use
Since blood sugar management is at the heart of everyday life for people with the disease, it is important to have good lifestyle habits and tools adapted to their condition. Another goal of Ascensia’s work was to provide a cheat sheet, an easy-to-view digital blood glucose diary that automatically saves readings. This is now possible via the free CONTOUR®DIABETES app that automatically records your data as the days go by and replaces the traditional paper log. Diabetics therefore have a wealth of information on hand that is useful for controlling the disease. The app provides a general overview that will help many people have access to more precise details about their self-monitoring. The data collected can be sent to healthcare professionals for remote consultations.
Accuracy and simplicity are the two watchwords to keep in mind when thinking of a blood glucose meter. Most importantly, think about yourself and what will help you lead a normal life despite the illness.
If you have any questions about your blood glucose meter or if you want more information, your Familiprix-affiliated pharmacist can help you either remotely or in a store at any time.
The item was developed by Familiprix and supported by Ascensia, a manufacturer of diabetes care products in Canada.
- Étude Breton: Breton MD et coll. J Diabetes Sci Technol 2010;4:562-570