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My dad just got home from the hospital. He has congestive heart failure, COPD and type 2 diabetes. I checked his sugars and overnight they went from 600 down to 70. Is my meter wrong?

If you ever doubt a blood glucose reading, repeat it. Blood glucose levels can fall like that overnight due to insulin or other medication in the system. If you question the accuracy of the meter, take it with you to the next appointment and compare it to the reading they get from their device. Also, be sure that strips are not outdated, testing site is clean and that you use proper technique as described in booklet received with meter.

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