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Purchasing a Blood Glucose Monitor

Posted on October 09 2013

Blood glucose monitors, or diabetic meters, are small devices (usually around the size of a cell phone) designed to provide blood sugar readings. Diabetic meters require a small amount of blood for analysis. The user simply pokes their finger with a lancet, places a sample of blood on a test strip, inserts the strip into the meter and – voila! – the meter provides an up-to-the-minute blood sugar reading for easy tracking.

With so many different varieties of blood glucose monitors on the market today - even just here at Mountainside Medical Equipment alone - it is important to know the differences between the models when trying to decide which is right for you. Arming yourself with the proper knowledge about what you’re looking for can help narrow down your choices in finding the right meter for you and your lifestyle.

Here are some things to consider before buying your blood glucose monitor:

Multisite Testing Options: Multisite devices mean that you can prick yourself not only on your finger but your upper arm, forearm, thigh, calf or any fleshy part of the hand, as well. This makes testing yourself easier on your body.

Blood Sample Size: Different types of monitors require different amounts of blood for testing. The smaller the blood sample needed, the easier the process is on your body.

Quick Results: How fast do you need results? Models with this feature are particularly handy for those who are lacking patience or experiencing hypoglycemia. If blood sugar is dangerously low, you need to find out as soon as possible.

More Memory: Some models record as few as 10 tests while other can keep record of 500 tests.

Size May Matter: If you’re not into purses or tend to travel a lot, your blood sugar monitors size could matter more than you think. Today’s units are pretty compact in general - some more so than others - and some are even able to fit into slim pockets. You can even get a glucose meter kit that comes with all the supplies you need in a little zipper pouch that’s easy to carry with you!

Software Capabilities: Many glucose monitors can store your results into their memory bank and some devices can also sync with your computer. Downloading your results makes it easy to share with your doctor, and track/analyze your blood sugar trends over many months.

Ease of Use: Let’s face it; you won’t always be checking your blood sugar under ideal conditions so it is important to consider the design of the model, the strips and the lancets.

Find a diabetic monitor best suited to your needs today. Consider all of the above before purchasing a blood glucose monitor. You can even start browsing our online website to view a wide variety of options and accessories!

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