Factors to consider before buying a Glucometer
Factors to consider before buying a Glucometer

Testing your blood glucose levels regularly is a necessary part of your day-to-day routine if you have diabetes. Because keeping your levels within a proper range is not only helpful for your overall wellbeing but should also be a priority.

Thanks to technology advancements, As now there are a wide variety of ways to test your blood sugar levels and one of them is using Glucometers.

Glucometers are designed to help you monitor your diabetes by providing detailed information about glucose levels through the use of glucose strips, Lancets, and digital displays. Glucometer plays an important role in diabetes treatment and has great value for diabetics who are looking for a tool that can help them with their treatment process and they deserve to have one at home.

So in this article, we will focus on the top 7 factors that one should consider before buying a glucometer for themselves or for their loved ones:

1) Accuracy

Blood glucose readings indicate sugar levels in your body and in turn affect your insulin doses and treatment decisions, Having accurate results from a reliable device is very crucial for a person with diabetes. So having a glucometer that delivers accurate results every time is an important factor to consider before buying it.

Due to differences in technology and accuracy across glucose meters on the market, your blood-glucose readings will likely vary. It is best practice to use one glucose meter you are comfortable with, regardless of whether you use it at home, at work, or on the go. Additionally, it is a good practice to stick to that meter model on a daily basis for getting consistent measurements.

Here are some factors that affect accuracy:

-Uneven Manufacturing
-The proportion of RBC in your blood
-Environmental conditions

TIP: Make sure to use a device that has manufactured with the latest technology possible.

2) Blood Sample Size

The amount of blood needed to get an accurate reading usually depends on the blood glucose meter. Some meters require more blood than others. For example, some require a pin-prick size sample while others require a few drops. In order to obtain accurate results every time, it is important to know how much blood your meter needs for testing before you take your sample.

TIPS: Ensure that the meter requires only a small sample (0.5 microliters or less).

        Try to use low sensitivity meters with little or no bleeding tendency.

3) Ease of Use

If your blood glucose meter is typical to use, takes a lot of time to process, or requires coding, Literally, elders don't find the necessary motivation when it's time to test and they will turn their back on the glucose meter. Therefore an ideal blood glucose meter should be a simple device that's easy to use and read.

TIP: Make sure that you are comfortable with its features and usage process.

4) Analysis Time

A meter will typically describe how long it takes to test a single sample so you'll have an idea of how long you can expect to wait if you test repeatedly throughout the day. Most people find that waiting 5-6 seconds for a single sample is ideal.

So make sure that your meter is fast and falls under the above time frame so that you don't get bothered while testing every time.

5) No Coding

The "No Code" label on a meter indicates that it is already calibrated, saving you time and effort during the testing process. If your blood glucose meter requires manual coding, you will need to input the code every time you use new test strips.

Moreover, Code-free technology is becoming more common in the market these days, but there are still a few models that require it for calibration and it's very important to correctly match the code because an error could lead to inaccurate results. So make sure your Glucometer is code-free.

6) Alternate Sample site

In addition to the fingertip, some meters also allow you to collect blood from the palm of your hand, forearm, calf, or thigh. The benefit here is that you can give your fingers a well-deserved break when you constantly test throughout the day.

Note that the results of testing from alternate sites are less accurate than those obtained by fingertip testing

NOTE: Before using an alternative testing site, It would be better to consult your doctor first.

7) Storage Capacity

What is your preferred method of maintaining your readings? Is it better to record them by hand every day or to store them all on a meter?

Thanks to today's blood glucose meters, there are numerous options to choose from. As you consider different meters, it's important to find out the size of the memory, since the number of readings stored on them varies.

Depending on the model, some might be able to store hundreds or thousands of readings, while others might be able to store only a few hundred. So keep an eye on this.

To choose the right blood glucose meter, we recommend considering the above factors. A meter that is right for your lifestyle is sure to be available, so you're sure to find one that suits you.

Written By: Digital Marketing Team
                (Sensa Core Medical Instrumentation Pvt. Ltd.)



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