If you have diabetes, you’ll likely need a blood glucose meter to measure and display the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Exercise, food, medications, stress and other factors affect your blood glucose level. Using a blood glucose meter can help you better manage your diabetes by tracking any fluctuations in your blood glucose level.
Many types of blood glucose meters are available, from basic models to more-advanced meters with multiple features and options. The cost of blood glucose meters and test strips varies, as does insurance coverage. Study your options before deciding which model to buy.
How to choose a right glucose meter
The following 10 factors should be taken into consideration before choosing a right glucose meter
Ease of testing:
Testing procedures vary for each meter. Some require more work than others. For instance, how much blood does the test strip require? Can you easily read the numbers on the screen? Can you easily adjust the strip? Etc.
Time taken to test:
The difference of a few seconds might seem inconsequential, but when you’re using a meter three to five times a day, a longer test time can be a nuisance. 5 seconds or less will be desirable.
Data Storage capacity:
The most convenient blood glucose meters store at least 360 test results. Some also track the average of your readings over seven, 14, or 30 days to give you a view of your overall blood sugar control. If you check your blood glucose frequently, consider buying a model with more memory.
Today’s blood glucose meters require smaller blood samples than those from years past. That makes testing less painful. If you’re sensitive to lancing, look for a meter that requires less than 1 microliter of blood.
Don’t look at the retail price of the meters alone. What makes blood glucose monitoring expensive is the test strips, which you might use many times a day.
Though many Indians don’t have insurance but those must check, Your insurance company may have a list of pre approved meters it covers. Also, make sure to find out if and how your insurance will cover the cost of testing strips and other supplies.
Is it simple to clean? Is it quick and easy to calibrate when you get new strips? Or does it require calibration or not?
Apart from these there are some factor which affect your glucometer reading like user error due to lack of knowledge how to use meter, dirty testing site foodstuff lotion may affect the reading so make sure clean and dry the testing area and also environmental factors like altitude and humidity may affect your body and strips you use .So before taking the test make sure to consider above factors.
There are many different types of meters on the market to help people with diabetes regularly and accurately check their blood glucose level. Be sure to spend time to educate yourself with the various options, and ask your doctor or nurse for any help or recommendations.