Different Types of Diabetic Meters

Monitoring your blood sugar (or glucose) level throughout the day is an essential part of living a healthy life with diabetes. The goal of feeling well and maintaining a good quality of life with this disease is keeping as constant a blood sugar level as possible. Glucose meters are the first line of defense against blood sugar spikes and help make you a partner with your doctor in managing your disease.

How Diabetic Meters Work

Diabetic meters prick your finger with a retractable lancet to extract a small droplet of blood. The blood is then placed on a test strip and inserted into the meter, which analyzes the amount of glucose in that drop and gives the results on a digital display. Depending on the meter, this takes from approximately 3 to 60 seconds.

Work with your doctor to develop a monitoring routine that suits your daily routine. In general, you should test at least three times a day if you have type one diabetes and one to three times per day for type two diabetes. If you manage your diabetes with medication and diet, you may not need to test this often. Good times to test your blood sugar level are before and after meals, before and after exercise and before bed

Types of Diabetic Meters

There are a variety of glucose meters on the market today. One of the most popular devices is the all-in-one meter, a small, hand-held device that fits in a purse, pocket or backpack. These meters are especially convenient for people on-the-go because the test strips are pre-loaded in the device. Everything you need to test your blood sugar is contained in the one, small unit.

For those diabetics that have vision problems, there are glucose meters that work similarly to the traditional meter, but announce the results verbally rather than display them on the meter.

The latest development in glucose meters is the wrist watch glucose meter. This device is worn as a band around your wrist and measures your blood sugar level by drawing body fluid with electrolytes instead of using the blood drop like traditional meters. This pain-free meter can be used up to three times per hour and is ideal for people who need to test often. There is also a wrist model that tests blood pressure in addition to blood sugar levels--a two-in-one device.

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