Advantages And Disadvantages Of A Blood Glucose Meter

A Blood Glucose Meter comes with the following advantages,

  • portable and convenient, yet inexpensive.

  • short testing time (only 3 – 60 secs depending on different models).

  • can be a life saver during an emergency.

However, a Blood Glucose Meter does come with the following disadvantages too,

  • accuracy is a concern as it can be false positive to hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). Immediate measurement to hypoglycemia may seem higher than hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) which makes it less useful.

  • some models cannot perform test without light.

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Certain newer models of Blood Glucose Meter like Optium Xceed by Abbott Diabetes Care, comes with back-light functions which comes in handy when you are in cinema, or if you not want to wake up your partner in the middle of the night.

Important Pointers For A Blood Glucose Meter

There are certain features of a Blood Glucose Meter which are important for you to know so that you understand how it works and know how to read the results too.

As different brands and models of Blood Glucose Meter have their own features, you should hence check your own user manual or product manufacturer to find out more.

1. Measurement Range Of Different Meter Models

Most Blood Glucose Meters come with a broad range of measurement values from as low as 0 to as high as 600 mg/dL. However, as the range is different among models, you should interpret individual meters’ low and high values carefully.

2. Calibration For Meters

As time passes, your glucose readings might not be linear over the entire range. If you happen to come across very high or very low values which you suspect could be due to inaccuracy, you should perform a calibration for your meter. Kindly refer to your manufacturer’s user manual for instructions.

3. Cleaning And Maintenance

To clean and maintain a good meter, you should first check with your manufacturer on the correct method to do so. Refer to your manufacturer’s website if you are not able to contact them easily. Below are some general tips when it comes to cleaning a meter.

Dos:

  • Clean your meter with only soap and water using dampened soft cloth.
  • Clean your meter regularly to maintain its accuracy.

Don’ts:

  • Avoid using glass or abrasive cleaners, cleansers with ammonia, or alcohols.
  • Avoid damaging the sensitive parts of the meter.

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