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How To Make An Informed Choice While Purchasing A Glucometer?

Jun 13th 2013 at 5:00 AM

When a person is out in the market to purchase a Glucometer or blood glucose meter he must ask himself the following questions to ensure a sound purchase:

  1. Does the meter have enough memory to store results?

  2. Is the display clear and accurate?

  3. Is the device easy and simple to use?

  4. Can the past records be stored in some other place?

There are different types of Glucometers in the market and choosing the one that is the most suitable can be a daunting task. Glucometers are compact computerized devices that are used to measure the level of glucose or sugar in the blood sample collected from a human body. After testing these results they can be seen on a screen.

Now the basic idea is to find a meter that is both suitable for your needs and is easy and comfortable to operate. Make sure to settle for meters that are smaller in size, light in weight and are portable enough to fit in your pocket or purse comfortably.

  • If you have problems related to your sight then decide on getting a monitor with a larger and clearer display.

  • You can even opt for meters that can speak out the reading for you.

  • If your skin is sensitive to sharp objects then opt for a device that collects smaller blood samples from your fingers.

  • If you hate being poked in the fingers, then lookout for a Glucometer that gathers blood samples from alternative sites.

Consider the Following Factors While Choosing a Glucometer:

  • Cost: Never buy a meter if you cannot afford it. Make sure to purchase a device that includes sufficient amount of Diabetes Blood Sugar Test Strips andthat too at an affordable cost. Some meters may not be costly but the associated items such as blood sugar testing strips that might require too much money. If you are insured then find out whether your plan covers the cost of meters or not. You may find plans that cover meter costs and can prove to be a great relief on your budget. Whereas there are other plans that might cover all related devices, i.e. the cost of Glucometer, lancets as well as testing strips.

  • Speed: Look or meters that display instant results. Nowadays there are meters in the market that take only few seconds to display results whereas others might require few minutes to display results. But in case of blood sugar levels a faster display is always better.

  • Time of Display: Look for meters that store both date and time for results so that this information can be later used to track your progress by your doctor.

Make sure to visit your doctor regularly and show him your recorded results so that he can plan your Diabetes Diet and medications accordingly. This is important because a good diabetes diet and regular exercises can help maintain good health even if you are a diabetic.

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