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Diabetes Testing - Before Buying a Blood Glucose Meter

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Questions to ask Yourself Before Buying a Blood Glucose Meter

By Nina Nazor

Do you have insurance?

If you pay for your testing supplies, the most important factor to consider is the cost of the strips. The price of glucose meters range from about $30-$120. You should compare the prices of the strips.

If you have Medicare, your might get reimbursement for buying several brands of monitors.

Medicaid Coverage. If you have Medicaid, you may be covered to receive diabetes supplies and education.

Private Insurance Coverage. Many private insurance and managed healthcare plans cover the cost of diabetes supplies.

Are Supplies Available?

Visit different stores in your area to find out which strips are always available. You never know when you will be in need for supplies, so you must be able to find your testing supplies in the drugstore near home, in the store you buy your groceries, near school or work and also, you should find it easy to order online or by phone.

If You Travel, Can You Find the Supplies in the Place You Will Visit?

When you travel you must pack at least twice as much blood-testing supplies as you think you need. You might need to test your blood glucose more often than usual to balance your food with the walking or sightseeing you do and the medications you use. Also, you must be aware of hypoglycemia. That is one of the reasons why you must plan in advance your tip and find out the right place to get medications or monitoring supplies. You should take with you two meters with supplies in two different bags, just in case.

Do You Need Data Management Features?

Self blood glucose testing is about giving you and your Diabetes Care Team enough information to make changes in your food, exercise and medications. That’s why your meter should have good data management capabilities. You can even email your results to your doctor or share them with friends. Monitoring is about getting information and taking action to improve your control.

Do You Want to Download Your Results?

Most meters allow you to transfer your results directly to a computer, so you can analyze the data and share them with your Diabetes Team. This is a very important feature that can help you a lot when reviewing the patterns in your blood glucose concentrations by drawing graghics and printing reports.

Do You Need Time, Date and Memory Display?

You might need to store previous readings, time and date; These features vary from meter to meter, but remember the importance of writing down your tests results, or downloading them to analyze them with your Diabetes Care Team and make adjustments to your treatment.

Are You Visually Impaired?

You might need to choose an easy-to-use meter which requires a small sample. You could also look for a meter with a large digital display, large strips and easy sample collection. there are even some meters which provide an audible guide you through the testing process.

How Important is Convenience?

Some features can be more convenient to use, for example, a meter with a built-in lancet would allow you to test your blood glucose without the need to carry a separate lancet device and needles.

Other meters have cartridges containing several strips stored within the meter.

The best meter should use batteries that are easy to find and replace and you must always have extra batteries before you need them.

Do You Need Quick and Accurate Results?

If you are Gary Hall, the time you spend checking your blood glucose before a competence can be vital. In case you are having a low you will need really fast results. Also, you might be in a restaurant and need to check your blood glucose levels in order to give yourself a shot of rapid acting insulin and/or count the carbs in the meal you will eat. Current blood glucose meters take as long as 45 seconds or as little as 5 seconds to conduct the test.

Do you Want to Draw Blood from your Forearm ?

The most recently developed monitors provide results with much smaller samples. Taking a sample from your forearm may not be so accurate but is a very good option for many people. Babies, toddlers, music players or manual workers, all of them could benefit from this.

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