If you have diabetes, you’ll likely need a blood glucose meter to measure and display the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Monitoring your blood glucose level gives you and doctors with valuable information about how food, exercise, drugs, and other factors affect your blood glucose.
Many types of blood glucose meters are available for at-home use, from basic models to more-advanced versions which offer many features and options. The cost of these meters varies, and may not always be covered by insurance.
Blood glucose meter readings
The blood glucose meter readings of the people who don’t have diabetes should be between 70 to 100 mg/dL at all times. The blood glucose measured after 8 hours without food, which also called fasting blood glucose, should always be less than 100 mg/dL. Low blood sugar is a condition when a glucose level below 70.
If the fasting blood glucose level is between 100 to 125 mg/dL, a person may have impaired fasting glucose, also called prediabetes. Those with diabetes are when the level above 126 mg/dL.
How to choose a glucose meter
Doctors and nurse have experience with an array of meters and can guide you in a good direction. If this is your first blood glucose meter, you should ask them for advice.
Besides that, you should check a list of approved meter your insurance company covers. Some meters may be expensive and insurance companies don’t always make allowances these meters. You’ll have to pay if your insurance doesn’t cover it.
How easily can you use the meter?
Before using the meter, carefully read the instruction provided by the manufacturer. Some testing meter requires more steps than others. The numbers on the screen need to be seen easily. The time it takes to have a reading is also important. While a few seconds may seem inconsequential, the amount of time can add up when you have to test several times a day. Is it simple to clean and maintain? If you still have any concerns, you can look for a support hotline or call the manufacturer.
In the first time, you use the at-home meter, it’s a good idea to take your meter to healthcare center and have them work on the machine at the healthcare center. Comparing two results will help you see if your machine is correct or not. Let the doctor or nurse observe you doing a test to confirm that you’re doing right steps.
Device storage and special features
Keeping blood glucose numbers is important to long-term care. Writing down the readings in a notebook may take a lot of time. If you find difficult to keep your history notebook, look for a meter that has memory options.
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Review Date: April 10, 2017 | Last Modified: April 10, 2017