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Buying Your First Blood Glucose Meter - Things To Consider

Author : Jared Wright

A blood glucose meter allows individuals suffering form diabetes to check the levels of blood sugar in the body at any given point of time. This medical device is useful for those who wish to do the checking in the privacy of their homes. The use of a lancet is a must which would collect the blood drops for glucose level calculation. There are various sizes and shapes that a blood glucose meter comes in these days and this article would tell you what to look for when you pick one for your testing needs.

Size does matter - Most of the blood glucose meters available these days are no bigger than that of a palm, but sizes may vary. These testing devices are mostly powered by batteries and relatively portable and easy to carry around with you. You can tuck it in your jacket or carry it in your chic handbag as well and no one would notice you carrying one around.

Test strips - This is important since you would need it to help with the measurement of the levels of glucose in your blood. There is an element in each of these strips which react with the glucose present and most of these strips come in plastic containing glucose oxidase and can be used only once, so they are disposable.

Blood sample amount - This would vary from monitor to monitor, but on an average the testing is done with just a drop or two of blood. The older versions of blood glucose meters require more blood droplets than the newer ones which are state of the art. Some patients who do not bleed well would require having a blood glucose monitor which demands low amounts of blood drops.

Alternative site test - Mostly the testing would be done from the drop of blood obtained from a fingertip, but newer models now allow an individual to obtain a sample from other areas of the body as well, thighs or the forearms where nerve endings are lesser and pain is minimal. Remember to check if the monitor you choose allows for pricking other parts of the body, since some don't read at all when samples are taken from other body areas.

Time to test - Again this would be different for different models to show the glucose levels in the bloodstream. Some readings happen within 5-60 seconds. So choose accordingly, you wouldn't want to rush if you have time to spare and hence invest in one which allows time than asks you to rush.

Results display - If you have vision issues, then choose a monitor size which has a large display screen that would show you the levels of glucose in your blood. The models these days are a range one too many and they come with large and small prints on their display for you to see. It should include basic recording history such as testing time and date for all your previous tests in order to track your glucose level better.

Memory in-built - All of them come with a date and clock in-built and the memory of every reading is stored well. This would help you check the past and present levels of glucose in the bloodstream and this means you would know what steps to take in future to prevent the rise of sugar levels in the body.

Ability to transfer data - Some of the latest high end models available in the market today allow one to transfer their results to the home computer or notebook for tracking purposes. You can share these results with your doctor to obtain advice more easily. Not all models come with this feature and it could be tad bit expensive than the regular ones without a USB port.

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