How often should I get a new glucometer? Mine is at least 7 years old. I have a G6, but still test

It seems to still be working, bit the LCD is damaged. How often does everyone else replace theirs?


When something better comes out.

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Meters are relatively cheap, so for something like a damaged screen I’d replace it.

My experience with meters (over the last 35 years :grinning:) is that they usually don’t go “bad”. Maybe occasionally.

But generally it will “wear out” instead of giving bad numbers.

Sometimes the internals of the meter can get crap inside, from inserting strips a thousand times.

I’ve had some last many years. Like 5-6 years. Considering how many tests I do, that’s pretty incredible.

What type of meter are you using?


Okay thanks y’all. It’s a FreeStyle Freedom Lite.


Those are the ones that have lasted 5-6 years for me. They are solid!

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I grab a new one every 6 months to a year. The meters are given away free in Canada :canada: with a 200 strip purchase.

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I replace my contour next meter every couple years or so, just to forestall any drift in accuracy. I don’t actually know that the meter will become inaccurate over time, but I don’t see why it fundamentally can’t, and a new meter only costs about $10.