June #2 2016
How to Choose the Best Blood Glucose Monitor
If you or a loved one suffers from diabetes then an essential medical supply for your home or travel is a monitor to check blood glucose levels. This is because there are many factors which can affect levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. These are:
- Food and drink
In order to monitor levels of glucose in the blood, it is very helpful if you have a blood glucose monitor. This can help you to easily manage blood glucose levels.
Blood Glucose Monitors
There are many types of blood glucose monitors on the market. Even the basic models do a good job of reading the blood glucose. More advanced models offer options to store results, audio capabilities for those with vision impairments, and some are even USB monitors.
What are the main considerations if you are looking to buy a blood glucose monitor?
Depending on the features that you are looking for, blood glucose monitors can vary in price from around $10 to over $100. You should also take into consideration that the testing strips are sold separately, and so you should count the yearly cost of the manufacturer recommended strips.
You should also speak to your insurance because they could have a cap on the how much a unit can cost, and they may already have a list of pre-approved units. They also may have a limit on the amount of strips per year you can buy.
Ease of Use
You should also take into account the specific need of the person who will use the unit. It should be easy for him/her to use and test their blood sugar levels. They should be able to read the screen easily.
It should also be easy to maintain. Every time you have a new batch of strips, the monitor needs to be calibrated. So, take that into account as well.
If you need to have special features, then you should think about this. Some glucose monitors have a computer connection and will accurately record all information that is taken, including date and time. Some even offer the option of regularly sending the results to your doctor.
If the person with diabetes has a vision impairment, then you should look for one with an extra large bright screen or with audio capabilities.