The Precision Xtra is the only meter on the market with the kind of technology that allows you to test for blood sugar and ketone alike while using the same meter and strips. In diabetics, ketone is a chemical product due to your muscles being starved for energy. They begin to burn fat which starts these toxic acids to work on your body. When these toxins accumulate, they can bring on a condition known as ketosis. As it progresses and becomes a more serious condition it's called ketoacidosis (KDA).
The Precision Xtra also allows you the freedom of testing from different sites. Many people attest that some places are less painful than the fingertip. If testing on the arm, a 'clear cap' is needed, which is a special lancing device. Be careful to watch for different readings when doing your testing from alternate sites. It is recommended, however, that if you test for hypoglycemia, that the finger is used.
Many of the Precision Xtra test strips are covered by health insurance. There are maps available online for you to find out what the situation is in your area with your health insurance.
The Precision Xtra, as do others, provides a five second result time. It has the ability to minimize the effects of aspirin, acetaminophen, and vitamin C. This factor makes it good for testing ketones. The lifespan of the battery extends to around 1,000 tests. The ketone sample size is 1.5 micro liters, and the blood glucose level is 0.6. The operating temperature is 50 degree F F to 122 degree F (10 degree C to 50 degree C). The memory fills at around 450 events.
As meters and strips go, the Precision Xtra holds its own with the best products on the market.