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Living with diabetes, stress-free

Published on November 19, 2020 at 13:03 / Updated on June 5, 2023 at 14:33

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 sometimes be stressful. Poor control can have serious consequences and lead to complications, such as blindness, kidney failure or amputations. The best way to monitor this disease is to have a good blood glucose meter and a 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." The company’s extensive experience in the field makes Ascensia an expert on the vital impact of blood sugar readings and the importance of simplicity in managing diabetes.

That's what motivated its work around smart meters, the CONTOUR NEXT GEN and CONTOUR NEXT ONE. To kickstart development, Ascensia was interested in the risks of unrecognized hypoglycemia2 caused by erroneous results. Due to increased cases, Ascensia wanted to make the most accurate tools accessible to everyone.


Blood glucose meter accuracy

A wrong reading can affect food choices, tasks to be accomplished, and the insulin dose. Choosing the right meter is important because no one wants to be held back in their daily activities by doubts or an uncertain result. Studies3 4 conducted for Ascensia conclude that its smart meters, the Contour Next Gen and the CONTOUR NEXT ONE, surpass the ISO standards recognized by Health Canada, which state that results must be within ± 15% of the results obtained in a laboratory.56. In addition, the smartLIGHT™ feature, built into the meters, instantly demonstrates if your blood glucose is within targets.

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 remember 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 want more information, your Familiprix-affiliated pharmacist can help you remotely or in a store at any time.

  2. Étude Breton: Breton MD et coll. J Diabetes Sci Technol 2010;4:562-570
  6. La réglementation actuelle basée sur la norme ISO 15197:2013 reconnue par Santé Canada requiert des résultats qui se situent dans une plage de ± 15 %, plus précisément : ≥ 95 % des résultats doivent se situer à ± 0,83 mmol/L pour les concentrations de glycémie < 5,55 mmol/L et à ± 15 % pour les concentrations de glycémie ≥ 5,55 mmol/L Manuel d’utilisation du lecteur de glycémie

    Current regulation based on Health Canada recognized ISO 15197:2013 standard requires results within ±15%range, specifically: ≥95% of results must fall within ±0.83 mmol/L for blood glucose concentrations < 5.55 mmol/L and within ±15% for blood glucose concentrations ≥5.55 mmol/L.

  7. Manuel d’utilisation du lecteur de glycémie CONTOUR®NEXT ONE 90002727 Rév. 11/18.
    Manuel d’utilisation de l’ensemble pour la surveillance de la glycémie CONTOUR®NEXT GEN, rév. 09/20.

    CONTOUR®NEXT ONE BGMS User Guide 90002727 Rev. 11/18.
    CONTOUR®NEXT GEN Blood Glucose Monitoring System User Guide, Rev. 09/20.


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