There are over 25 types of blood glucose meters available in the market today and approved by U S FDA. To pick the right one for your home, you should seek advice from your own health care provider particularly your diabetes educator. Ideally, let him/her recommend one for you.
Today, we are going to share with you some tips to help you in making the right choice.
Apart from avoiding the common mistakes that affect the accuracy of blood glucose test reading, the quality of the meter itself plays an important role. Obviously you may think that a better quality meter would usually cost more, this may not be true in certain cases. What we recommend is to get one and bring it along during the next visit to your health care provider. Compare the results with their blood glucose test or equipment to check for accuracy.
Think about whether a simple meter suits you better or you would prefer one that is more complicated yet giving you better features. If it is meant for an old folk with difficulty in handling the complexity, obviously something simple with ease of use will be more appropriate for him or her.
What if you have high blood pressure (hypertension) as well as diabetes (hyperglycemia)? Will you be carrying 2 different meters around? There are meters that combines the 2 or even more different functions into a single but it may cost more.
Size and Weight
Size really matters when you need to carry the meter everywhere you go. Go for one that is portable, light-weight and compact in size so that you can put into your bag or even pocket easily before travelling.
Display Size and Location of Buttons
If you have reading difficulty, it is recommended to go for one that has larger display and easy to press buttons so that you will not press wrongly. This is especially useful for old folks too.
Different meters have different amount of memory storage capacity. Some can hold hundreds of test records over a period of time while others can only hold records over a few days. If you need to monitor your blood glucose over a longer period, you should opt for one with bigger memory capacity.
Size of Blood Sample
Some people have problem squeezing enough blood sample for testing which results in giving false reading. If the patient has this problem, choose a meter that requires lesser blood sample to operate correctly.
If you are someone being treated under intensive insulin therapy and require frequent testing, you should get one that is better quality and keep it handy each time you need to use it whether in your office or at home.
Size of Test Strip
Obviously you need to have a test strip that is large enough so that each time when you inserted it, you can easily pull it out after reading.
This article is only meant for informational use and may not be used as medical or health care advices for yourself. For any concern, you should always seek proper and professional advices from your own health care provider.