How to Find the Right Glucose Meter for You
Individuals who have diabetes require a blood-glucose meter, such as the Accu-chek system or the Bayer Contour system. This is a computerized device used to measure and then display a person’s blood-glucose level. A person’s blood-glucose level will change when exercising, eating meals, taking medications, and being under stress. Meters are the best tools that can be used to monitor and track any fluctuations.
Many meters are available and the best model is one that meets the needs of an individual.
Choosing a meter will often require knowing how the device works. Most models require a test strip that will need to be inserted into the device. A prick of a fingertip is needed to draw blood that needs to make contact with the strip to obtain a reading. Choosing the right meter for you means evaluating the features and options that are available.
Insurance coverage will often cover the cost of most blood-glucose meters. One important factor about insurance is a provider may limit coverage options and availability. Insurance coverage can also have a limit for allowable test strips.
The meters with the most features will often cost more than standard models. Meters also vary in price and there is also the cost of purchasing test strips. The biggest cost for monitoring blood-glucose levels is purchasing test strips. Insurance may not always pay for the costs of test strips. One aspect about the use of meters is the cost of the test strips may be more than the actual meter. Keep in mind also that for whichever meter you choose, the strips are specific; so you will need Freestyle lite testing strips for a Freestyle meter, and Aviva test strips to go with the Accu-chek Aviva meter.
Individually packaged strips will often cost more than a large container. However, there is the chance a batch of strips will expire before the container is empty. The best option is to compare strips to find the option that is the most cost effective.
Use and Maintenance
Certain types of blood-glucose meters may be easier for consumers to use than others. A consumer will need to be comfortable holding the test strips and the meter. The display for a meter may also be too small to easily see the numbers. Consumers will also need to determine if they want to use a meter which will require larger drops of blood than a comparable model. Calibration of a device is done with your test strips to get accurate results. Check reviews to find out if you are more likely to benefit from the features of the Freestyle diabetes test or the Prodigy auto code, for example.
Review the features that are included on available meters to see if a model meets your needs. There are devices with larger strips that are easier to handle than units with smaller strips. You can also find a variety of models which are compact and will be easier to carry around. A unit may also include audio features when the consumer is visually impaired. These units will announce the results that a consumer is able to hear. If young children are using a meter, then units with a quick reading are available. Units may also include nighttime illumination when in the dark.
Meters may have different options for the storage and retrieval of information. Many units may keep a set of results in a log that can be used for comparison. This will include the date and time of a test with the test results. There may also be an option to use a smartphone app to retrieve results. This means a unit will need to be Bluetooth compatible or connect to wireless Internet.