Before I dig into the logistics of the new Contour Next One blood glucose smart meter, I’d like to introduce myself and share my story living with diabetes. My name is Anissa Gamble and I grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick where I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight.
Even at a young age, I never let my diagnosis stop me. When I was 14, I pursued my high school education and hockey career at Appleby College in Oakville. Following high school, I went on to play division 1 hockey in the NCAA at Robert Morris University (RMU), while majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-med, and minoring in chemistry. Today, I’m doing my masters in experimental surgery, where I’m researching islet cell transplantation for type 1 diabetes at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Alongside, I’m apart of the active roster for the Calgary inferno in the Canadian women’s ice hockey league (CWHL). Needless to say, I am very active on and off the ice and consider myself an advocate of the diabetes community. I’m involved with diabetes charities such as Connected in Motion, where a group of type 1 diabetics hiked the 6-day grueling North Coast trail and attended a slipstream event in California. I work with Diabetes Abroad, and help advocate traveling with diabetes and advocate and speak at Challenge Diabetes events. How do I do all of this? My biggest secret is being diligent with my glucose management by staying active and making it a priority.
When I first saw Ascensia’s new CONTOUR® NEXT ONE meter, I was surprised to see that it didn’t directly connect to my insulin pump. I’ve been using the CONTOUR® NEXT USB meter and love how easy it is to bolus from my insulin pump without having to input my blood glucose. However, I let the new meter speak for itself and, to my surprise, I fell in love the new CONTOUR® NEXT ONE meter.
Things I like
It’s sleek and sexy. The all black design makes it look professional and the smaller size “feels better” to grip and test. Ascensia eliminated some buttons, which helps alleviate accidental unnecessary battery usages. This one has a single round circle button with an up and down choice. It’s a basic black and white LED with icons to indicate your glucose log or settings. This is a bonus, as I like things simple and sweet. If you press the big button twice, the screen lights up easily so I can test in the dark when I wake up early the morning.
Second-Chance Sampling: You now have 60 seconds instead of 30 seconds to apply a second drop of blood to the same strip. This is big for me, because I don’t draw as much blood when I’m cold. So as a Canadian who often tests while on the ice, this extra time to re-prick my fingers is nice and I don’t waste as many strips.
Smart Technology: The CONTOUR® Diabetes App: Like most people, I am addicted to my phone. The CONTOUR® Diabetes App is a big selling point for me. As someone who is physically active and trying to optimize my training, I am able to input everything I need, from my food, time of insulin injections and exercise. Not only does it replace my other food management apps, but also I get to view trends in my glucose by its statistical representations. Even better, I can take photos of things like what I eat or my workouts to use the app like my own personal journal. Also if you critically low or high, the app can alert your emergency contacts. Pretty amazing, and it’s a huge sense of relief!
Light it Up technology: When I test, the meter lights up for different ranges that I can set myself on the app. As a diabetic for 16 years, I’m aware what my glucose numbers are what I should range, but I find this feature extremely useful for the people around me. When I test my glucose before practice or games, my teammates know red light means my sugar is low, green I’m in range and yellow if I am high. By physically seeing this it not only gets them involved but they tend to ask me how I am feeling and if they can get me a juice box. This feature is motivating to make sure I am within glucose range, making me and others aware of my glucose measurements.
I really enjoy using this meter. At first, I was skeptical but the more I used the meter and kept track of my glucose management by the CONTOUR® Diabetes App, the better my management has become. Throughout my lifetime, it is incredible to see how innovative the technology in glucose meters have become. With Ascensia’s precision, I don’t worry about faulty readings and am excited to see what they will come up with next. I highly recommend this meter if you are newly diagnosed and a data fanatic (especially if you don’t have a continuous glucose monitor).
Check out this quick review on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PD2fm-hEYQ
Disclaimer: This is not an original photo (https://www.healthline.com/diabetesmine/ascensia-contour-next-one-meter)