Different Types of Blood Glucose Monitors

glucose monitorsOne of the most important things that you can do, when you have diabetes, is to monitor your blood glucose levels. The type and depth of your diabetes is going to help decide how often you will need to check your levels. There are differences between all the various types of monitors that you will learn about. Talking with your doctor with help you will be able to find the one that is right for you, as one may require less blood than another, while others are faster to use. However, they are all light and easy to carry.

The monitors that are available for you to do your testing with will require you to either prick your finger or perhaps your forearm or palm. You put a drop of your blood on the test strip that comes with the monitor, and then insert it into the meter. After a few seconds, you will be able to see your results. For the smaller monitors that are on the market, you will need to be able to read the screen. However, there are also monitors available now that talk and speak your test results. This is perfect for those that have a hard time reading the screen. 

When picking and choosing your monitor, it is important to check with your insurance company to see if they will cover its cost. You also need to ask them whether they will cover the test strips, even if the monitor itself is covered or free, and if not, whether you are eligible for any type of discount. If you have to pay for the strips yourself, be sure to go with a monitor that uses test strips that will fit your budget. For someone that may have a hard time taking their own readings, there are monitors that can be attached to you and will take your readings twenty-four hours a day, seven days week, and they will test every few minutes. The problem with this is that it is also expensive, and although it may be a better choice, it’s important to make sure it’s covered if you cannot afford it out of pocket.

When you blood sugar levels are out of control, it can mean serious danger. For many, having their levels checked more frequently can mean the difference between life and death, or at the very least, a lengthy hospital stay. Talking with your doctor and asking any questions that you may have can help you to better understand how to take your blood sugar levels, and how to understand your results. If you are unsure about anything, it is vital that you review it with your physician so that you are positive on the process.

Finding the right monitor is the same as finding the right pair of shoes that fit and are comfortable. Of course, no one likes the idea of sticking themselves for a drop of blood, but if the equipment is the right fit, it can make the process much easier to do.

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