iBGStar Blood Glucose Meter

iBGStar Blood Glucose Meter just arrived.

My insurance wouldn’t cover this meter, so big thanks to member Marcel who sent me his extra.

First impressions:

I really like not having to write down my readings, it shouldn’t be a big deal, but for some strange reason, I just am not very consistent at recording.

I am currently using the BGstar app. More on that in a few days.

The size is great, really small, and it works without a phone as well.

So far, fun, nicely designed product, no problems. The software could be a bit more elegant, will probably switch to mySugr soon, which has recently announced device compatibility.


automation of repetitive tasks seems like a great idea.  Of course the whole point of logging is to motivate positive behavior (staying on schedule, proper use of medication, exercise) and applying that info to better action in the future.

I am wondering if having everything automated will lead to more or less responsibility,

At the moment though I am enjoying having my value logged automatically.  Now if only my Insulin dosage and exercise was logged automatically.

Emperra has incorporated automated Insulin logging, so they should have some data available soon as to the effect on user behavior.


iBGStar meter

iBGStar meter









dmitri katz


Posted in Digital Products, product reviews
2 comments on “iBGStar Blood Glucose Meter
  1. Larry Ham says:

    This glucose meter makes it very easy to track your glucose levels. However, the problem with it is cost.

    The glucose test strips are expensive in the USA. My insurance will only pay a small portion of the cost, which leaves me having to pay about one dollar (US) for each test strip. Since I have to test about ten times per day, this cost is prohibitive.

    I currently use a glucose monitor that uses a test strip which costs me about 6 cents (US) each. Obviously, it is better to be paying 60 cents, per day, than $10 per day.

    Of course, I still have to manually log my test results into the software that I use to track my readings. But, I’ll keep doing this as long as the cost of the iBG Star (and comparable systems) test strips are so high.

    • d.katz says:

      Hi Larry,
      yes cost is a problem. Also according to a Sanofi marketing person I talked to, they are going to discontinue this project. Apparently it is too expensive for too little profit. I will say though, that I think auto logging is incredibly valuable. Would like to see all our products, including insulin pens, and exercise monitors all doing this.

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