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Testing blood sugar condition on a regular basis is a very important part of diabetes care. And to do so, you need not run to the doctor every time. All you need is a good blood glucose monitor, to keep a constant tab on sugar level. Today, you can find many blood glucose monitor brands available in the market. But, you have to make a conscious choice to get the apt and the best product. While purchasing a glucose monitor, you need to keep certain key features in mind. Go through the buying guide below:
Accuracy: This is the most important aspect of a blood glucose monitor. You need to choose a good-quality monitor that provides you the most accurate results. Follow the package directions meticulously to get the best results. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the goals for blood glucose should be 80–130 mg/dl before taking meal, and less than 180 mg/dl two hours after the start of a meal. Most advanced monitors these days have great accuracy, yet you need to be careful while purchasing one.
You need to follow these necessary steps to get the accurate results: (a) Make sure your hands and the device is clean, before the test is conducted, (b) Be sure to enter the right test strip code, (c) Use the correct amount of blood on the strip (as suggested in the package), (d) Always make sure to take blood from fingertip, (e) Use test solution.
Cost of Test Strips: Test Strips play an important role in testing blood sugar. Blood sugar meters are incomplete with these test strips. Once it is inserted into the device, you need to place a drop of blood at the opposite end of the strip. The blood starts protruding from the meter, providing you the exact readings. But, these strips are generally very costly that ranges from AED 80-120. Some of the best models available in the market are Contour TS, (Device costs 80 AED & test strips priced at 100 AED), Beurer GL 50 (Device costs 150 AED & test strips priced at 120 AED) and i Health (Device costs 240 AED, strips priced at 110 AED). Go for the best meters and test strips depending on your usage.
Speed: This is yet another factor you need to keep in mind, while buying a monitor. Most monitors these days promise to provide results in less than 5 seconds, while a few others show results within a minute. So you need to choose your monitor accordingly.
Portability: You need to keep the portability factor in mind. Remember, the smaller, the better. There are many small and tiny-sized monitors available in the market. You may choose accordingly. Most devices come with pre-installed rechargeable batteries. You can find the battery compartment on the back of the meter. Make it a point to recharge your battery fully, so that the device performs better. In case you need to replace the battery, head to an electronics or drug stores.
Data storage: Go for the more advanced blood sugar monitors that offer graphs and the ability to save results. These monitors are equipped with software that produces different reports, such as blood glucose trends by time of day. Hence, the amount of storage you’ll need depends on how often you check your blood glucose.
Insurance: Insurance may not always provide the cost coverage of your blood sugar monitor. Select a specific monitor that comes under insurance.