If you have diabetes, using a blood glucose meter can help you track and manage your blood sugar levels. Good blood sugar control is crucial in preventing serious complications of diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetic eye disease, and nerve damage, among others.
Different brands of blood glucose meters are available in retail pharmacies and drugstores.
Here are some factors to consider when shopping around for a blood glucose meter:
Cost – The price of blood glucose meters and their test strips vary. Choose one that fits your needs and budget.
Ease of use and maintenance – Ask the store staff whether one brand is easier to use than others. Check if the meter and strips are comfortable to hold and if you can easily see the numbers on the meter screen. Find out whether the store carries the particular brand of test strips that you need and offers after-sales support.
Data storage – Ask if the meter can store blood sugar readings. Long-term diabetes management requires tracking your blood sugar levels over several weeks or months, and keeping a record that you can share with your doctor.
Special features – Check for special features that meet your specific needs. These include large, easy-to-handle buttons and test strips; and illuminated screens and audio (for people with impaired vision), among others.
Talk with your doctor for more information on choosing a blood glucose meter that’s right for you.
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References: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/blood-glucose-meter/art-20046335. Accessed 16 September 2021 https://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/choosing-glucose-meter#choosing-a-glucose-meter. Accessed 16 September 2021