Hi, I would be grateful if anyone could let me know if they have encountered the same problem that I recently came across. I am type 2 and although I know many agree that the diastix are not as accurate as actual blood level tests, it was what I was offered so I thought it would be better than nothing to help me establish a good diet and get an approximate idea of my levels pre/post eating etc. I had my levels at what I understood was acceptable on my hba1c tests but it had crept up on the last two 6 monthly tests. I was confused as I was basically eating the same diet but the diastix showed that my lunch, which is the same every day, was varying beween the 5.5mmol/l colour reading and the 28mmol/l colour reading. I spoke with my doctor, who agreed to get me a blood meter and after using this for a week (alongside the diastix) I can say that the readings have absolutely no correlation whatsoever to each other. I assumed that, like a blood/alcohol level where it has proportional readings for breath/blood/urine, blood/glucose levels and urine/glucose levels would be relative. I have had blood level readings for example of 7.4 7.8 9.2 13.4 8.3 and 10.7 however the diastix "reading" taken at the same time for every one of them was always showing as less than the 5.5 level. I know the pre/post eating test levels are important to compare but the point I am asking is, has anyone else experienced the situation where the diastix readings are apparently a total waste of time to try and monitor their levels? I was, mistakenly, under the impression that I was managing my levels okay using the diastix. Is it just me or are the diastix actually pointless for use day to day diabetic management?