Glucometers - how to find the right glucose meter for measuring blood sugar
Whether you’re a type 1 or 2 diabetic, or suffer from prediabetes, you need to have a blood glucose meter at your disposal, in order to track your blood sugar levels. Regularly monitoring your glucose levels will ensure you peace of mind and help you to quickly react in the case of significant increases and drops in blood sugar levels. Read on to learn more about these devices!
Glucometer - the best device for tracking blood sugar levels
Glucometers are devices that allow you to measure your glucose levels at any place and any time. This device is essential for people who suffer from either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. They are also used for confirming whether or not you have diabetes during pregnancy or if you are prediabetic. Best of all, glucose meters are handy, compact and easy to use.
Every glucose meter is a personal device, made to meet each individual’s needs, which means that it should not be used by anyone else but you. It allows you to take a quick measurement of your blood sugar, and can be measured several times a day, which helps you to track test results and prevent too high or too low blood glucose levels in the body.
How does a glucometer function and how should you monitor glucose levels?
Glucometers are electronic devices that can carry out a nearly infinite amount of blood glucose measurements, which are introduced into the device via test strips. The sample is derived from capillary blood, usually taken from a finger, allowing you to measure your blood glucose levels without having to go to a lab. Using a blood glucose meter, you’ll get results in just a few seconds.
If you have diabetes or are prediabetic, it is extremely important that you make a habit of measuring your blood sugar levels regularly. Measuring your blood glucose levels with this type of device is simple, and the test results can be used in a screening test, in order to detect potential health problems. The information gathered from your results will help your doctor determine what medication and dosage will be required for normalizing your blood glucose levels, as well as what foods you should exclude from your diet.
Glucometers - which glucose meter model should I choose?
An important decision-making factor when choosing a glucometer is the amount of blood it needs in order to provide test results. Our models require the smallest amount possible - using a specialized lancing device, the prick is painless and no need to forcibly squeeze blood from your finger. Squeezing too hard on your finger can affect the correctness of the reading. If you feel as though the readings are off and you’re not applying pressure to your finger, test your glucometer with a control solution, which tests the device’s accuracy.
Some glucometers are a bit more advanced and send test results directly to a pre-installed application on your mobile phone. These types of glucometers allow you to easily send information about your blood glucose level results directly to your doctor.
Aside from a glucose meter, you also need a lancing device and test strips for measuring your blood glucose levels. Each glucose meter works with it’s own test strips - so make sure to choose ones that work with your glucometer.
FAQ - Frequently asked questions
1. How much does a glucose meter cost?
The price of the meter depends on its functions. You can receive a free glucometer at a diabetes clinic or as a prescription, issued by a doctor and obtained at a pharmacy - speak with your doctor for more information. However, you will most likely be given a simple and lower-end model, used primarily by type 1 and 2 diabetics.
2. Do glucose meters inflate blood glucose level test results?
There is a possibility for any glucose measuring device to show a faulty reading when measuring blood sugar levels - however, this rarely exceeds 15% less or more than the actual readings. An incorrect reading is most often caused by other factors, such as squeezing the blood sample out of the finger or the presence of other substances that can end up on the test strips, such as sweat or food debris.
3. How do glucose meters work?
A glucometer is a device that measures the level of glucose in your capillary blood. It has a built-in coded measurement that checks your blood sugar levels after inserting a test strip with a drop of blood on it. The best thing about these glucometers is that they require only a few seconds to measure your glucose levels, and can be used wherever you go.