Glucose Level Monitor
Blood glucose meters are small, computerized devices that measure and display your blood glucose level. These devices are mainly used by people with diabetes. If you have diabetes, monitoring your blood glucose level provides you and your doctors with valuable information about how food, exercise, medications, stress, and other factors affect your blood glucose. This information will help you and your doctor construct a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Many types of blood glucose meters are available for at-home use, from basic models that only read blood glucose levels, to more advanced versions that offer features such as memory for storing information. The cost of blood glucose meters and testing supplies varies. Consider up-front costs, such as how much the actual meter costs, and long-term costs, such as how expensive testing strips and other supplies are.
How to choose a glucose meter?
Whether this is your first blood glucose meter or you’ve used one for several years and are looking for an upgrade, there are several questions you should ask yourself before you begin looking:
How much will this meter cost you?
Some meters can be costly. Also, test strips are sold separately from meters and can be pricey. However, SD Glucose meters are the cheapest glucose meters available in the Sri Lnakan market hence highly reliable with lifetime warranty and support services.
How easily can you use this meter?
Testing procedures vary for each meter and some require more work than others. How much blood does the test strip require? Can you see the numbers on the screen easily? SD check is simply the most easiest meter you can use and the cost of the strip is the lowest in the Sri Lankan market.
How long does it take to get a reading?
Your time is valuable and while a few seconds may seem inconsequential, that amount of time can add up when you’re testing several times a day.
Is the meter easy to maintain? Is it simple to clean? Is it quick and easy to calibrate when you get new strips? Can the device store your readings?
Tracking your blood glucose numbers is vital to long-term care, so keeping a record is important. If you’re comfortable with writing down your numbers in a notebook, you may want a more streamlined machine that only takes readings and doesn’t record them. However, if you know you’ll be on the go and have a hard time keeping track of the numbers, look for a meter that has memory options. Some meters create logs that you can retrieve at a later time. Even better, some meters create a downloadable file that syncs with your computer and can be emailed to your doctor or nurse.
Do you want any special features?
If you know you’ll be carrying this meter with you while on the go, you may want a compact option. If you have a hard time holding on to small models, you may prefer a large meter with strips that are easier to use. People with impaired vision may prefer a meter that has an easy-to-read screen or verbal commands and prompts. Colorful options are available for children, as are models with backlighting on the screen, which makes reading at night easier. Other special features include:
audio capability, for people with vision impairments
backlit screens to aid low-light visibility
various memory amounts to store your readings
different handling capabilities, such as having the strips stored in the meter, or having a USB meter
meters that record carbohydrate grams and insulin doses with the glucose reading
meters that can test blood ketone levels along with blood glucose levels
Factors that can affect glucose readings?
The accuracy of test results depends on a number of issues, including the quality of your meter and test strips, and how well you’ve been trained to operate the device. Here are other factors that can affect your glucose readings:
User-error is the number one reason for errors in testing. Be sure to review how to use your meter and test your blood glucose with your doctor.
Dirty testing site
Food, drink, or lotion residue left on your hands can affect your blood glucose reading, so be sure to wash and dry your hands before you test. If you use an alcohol swab, be sure to let the site dry completely before testing.
Altitude, humidity, and room temperature all can affect your blood glucose readings by altering your body or the strips you use. Some meters come with instructions on how to get proper readings in particular situations.
Incompatible test strips
Testing strips can be pricey, so you may be tempted to try third-party or generic strips in order to save money. However, if your meter isn’t designed to use these strips, your readings may be affected. Be sure alternative test strips are compatible with your machine. Also, be sure to check the expiration date on your strips, as out-of-date strips can provide incorrect results.
Changes in meters or strips
Manufacturers may make changes to their machines or test strips, and third-party or generic strip manufacturers aren’t always made aware when this happens. In this event, testing strips may become incompatible with your meter. If you’re unsure if a particular testing strip will work with your meter, call the manufacturer of your blood glucose meter.
Using your meter properly
To ensure accurate readings, carefully read the instructions provided by the manufacturer. The Cosmetic Drug and Device Authority of Sri Lanka requires that blood glucose meter manufacturers provide detailed instructions in the machine’s packaging. If you have any questions, look for a support hotline and call the manufacturer.
It’s also a good idea to take your meter to your healthcare provider and have them go over the basics of the machine with you. While you’re there, check to see how your machine’s results compare with the machine at your doctor’s office. This will help you see if your machine is correctly calibrated. Be sure to let the health care observe you doing a test so they can confirm that you are using the correct techniques.