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Buying Diabetic Testing Supplies and Blood Glucose Meters Online

In today’s time, buying everything one needs online is the way to go. Crowds, high prices, transporting, and just the general effort of going out in public is too much for many people when an easier way is possible. For those with diabetes, you are probably already juggling a new exercise regimen, medications, diabetic diet plans, and diabetic recipes, so you would rather shop for diabetic testing supplies and blood glucose meters online to save time and more effort thinking about your diabetes. There are a few simple tips to help you in shopping for diabetic testing supplies and blood glucose meters online.

Never buy any used diabetic testing supplies. Glucose meters are slightly different, because they do not keep the blood and possible transmittable diseases on them like the needles and testing strips can do. Anything with the seal broken or that has already been used once, even if it has supposedly been cleaned, is not a good idea.

Shop around for the best price. If you own or want to own a brand name and common glucose meter it will be quite easy to find several sources for glucose meters or diabetic testing supplies online. Shopping around will help you get the best quality and the best price possible, saving you both effort and money, and you can get back to researching medications, exercises, diabetic recipes and diabetic meal plans.

Look for reduced shipping on your diabetic testing supplies and/or blood glucose meters when shopping online. Often, especially in the case of online auction sites, you may be able to buy both the glucose meter and the testing supplies from the same store or seller, and therefore get free or reduced shipping for buying more than one item from the seller.

Diabetic diets, exercising, diabetic recipes, and medication are all important, but only by using a good quality blood glucose meter and diabetic testing supplies can you truly know what works and what doesn’t. Always make sure to read the “fine print” on any item you buy from online to make sure the product works, is in new or like new condition (except for testing strips and needles, remember) and it is of good quality. If you know a certain glucose meter is likely to malfunction based on customer reviews and common knowledge, buying it online won’t make it any more of a bargain.

Finding the Right Glucose Meters

Shopping for a glucose meter can often be an overwhelming process, especially if you just recently learned what a blood glucose meter is and what it can do to help you combat diabetes. Unfortunately, glucose meters are just as important as diabetic diets, diabetic recipes, exercise and medications, however, and it is important to choose the right meter the first time, because they can be quite expensive and sometimes inaccurate, and wasting money on an inaccurate glucose meter would be a waste of money and your time.

Look for a meter that requires less blood than others. Newer glucose meters are capable of giving accurate readings every time with less blood than other meters require. This means that you do not have to press your fingertip after pricking it to get enough blood, saving you time and effort.

Make sure you pay attention to the display screen. If you have bad eyes, you will want a screen that is large enough for you to be able to make out what it says. Many glucose meters offer extra large display screens for this purpose.

Try finding a glucose meter that offers other useful functions. Some glucose meters come with pamphlets and booklets for diabetic recipes, diabetic diet tips, exercise ideas, and questions to ask your doctor. These are all valuable tools in fighting diabetes, and can be very useful along with your new glucose meter.

Other useful functions may include a memory function. The memory function on a glucose meter can remember several weeks’ worth of blood sugar readings so that you can help map out your results to see patterns. Finding patterns of optimum blood sugar among the diabetic diets, exercises, and diabetic recipes can greatly help you in your fight against diabetes.

Things to Consider When Shopping for Glucose Meters

Maybe you were considered to be in the pre-diabetic range before. You’ve exercised, looked up diabetic recipes, and followed a diabetic diet plan for months to try and keep it from happening, but now your doctor suggests you get one of any several blood glucose meters. Shopping for glucose meters can be overwhelming and frustrating if you’re not sure what to consider or look for. There are several things to consider when shopping for glucose meters, and knowing these can help you greatly with your important purchase.

Lifestyle

You may know the ins and outs of your diabetic diet plan, diabetic recipes, and exercise, and only need your glucose meter for those rare times when you’re not sure how it is, or you may not have any idea about diabetic diets or diabetic recipes, don’t exercise, and need to be able to keep up with the pattern of your glucose levels. Talking with your doctor about these lifestyle factors and what type of meter you would best benefit from is a good idea when considering lifestyle when shopping.

Payment

Glucose meters can range from under twenty dollars to over one hundred dollars, so considering how you will pay for your glucose meter and testing strips is extremely important when shopping for your meter. Try checking with your insurance company – many insurance companies will pay for most or all of your diabetic testing supplies. If not, some medical supply stores rent or accept payment plans for the more expensive meters.

Convenience

There are several different types of glucose meters, all with easy to difficult convenience levels. Easy glucose meters allow you to test your blood in other places other than your fingers alone, and use only one machine for everything. More difficult meters require only the finger to be pricked, and require you to remove the test strip between getting the blood on it and sticking it into the meter for measurement.

Do I need a Gestational Diabetes Diet?

Recent diabetes news suggests that approximately three to five percent of pregnant women in the United States are diagnosed with a condition called gestational diabetes. Even women who have never had diabetes before can contract this condition and it sometimes precedes the development of Type 2 diabetes. A woman with gestational diabetes is prone to high blood glucose levels and their babies may become very large, resulting in difficulty with labor and natural delivery. Women who have or are at risk for gestational diabetes often benefit from a diabetes diet in order to control their condition and to limit its consequences. Along with exercise and regular blood sugar screenings with glucose meters, a diabetes diet can be controlled effectively so that no ill effects are felt, all without having to resort to medication or insulin injections.

A gestational diabetes diet often involves several small meals throughout the day so that you do not become too hungry and overeat at the next meal. When you wake up in the morning your blood sugar level will be low, so do not eat sugary foods for breakfast or your blood sugar level will skyrocket. Rather, eat a small meal high in protein with a glass of milk or a cup of low calorie yogurt. Between breakfast and lunch, feel free to have a snack of vegetable snacks and dip, cottage cheese with fruit, or crackers with peanut butter to stave off hunger. Lunch, on a diabetes diet, should consist of one serving of protein, one of vegetables, and one of carbohydrates.Dinner is one of the trickiest meals of the day on a diabetes diet – a wrap stuffed with chicken and salad trimmings is a good option. Try to catch up on any missed servings of fruit and vegetables at dinner time, but avoid overeating. To avoid becoming bored with routine, use the internet or ask your doctor for some good diabetic recipes.

Diabetic recipes will help you to come up with new meal ideas without straying from the guidelines of your diabetes diet. As you get used to your diabetes diet, using glucose meters to monitor your blood sugar levels, you will find that it is possible to control your condition without having to resort to insulin injections. You may even experience other benefits of eating healthier – you may have more energy and a generally positive outlook. Do not underestimate the power of eating right; if you have gestational diabetes, a diabetes diet could be just what you need.

Blood Glucose Meters Defined

Blood glucose meters can be extremely confusing if you have never used one and know little about them. For those who are just learning that they will be struggling with diabetes, diabetic diets, diabetic recipes, exercise, and medication for the rest of their lives, learning on top of all this that you have to use a glucose meter as well may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, in a sense. The good news is that you can learn everything you need to know about blood glucose meters in just a short time.

Function

Blood glucose meters work in conjunction with exercise, medications, diabetic diets and diabetic recipes to help track, record, and keep in the know about your sugar level. Knowing what increases and decreases your blood sugar level is critical to dealing with and managing diabetes, and the blood glucose meter is the tool to let you live your life instead of going to the doctor every time you feel as if your level might be off one way or another. Blood glucose meters measure your sugar level and some even record and tell you how high or low your levels were the last time you tested, ensuring you can keep up with the pattern.

How They Work

Blood glucose meters take a tiny amount of blood by pricking the fingertip with a small needle that safely ejects and retracts into a little device. The blood is put up to the edge of a thin coated testing strip, and the strip is put into the glucose meter to be tested. The blood sugar level will show up on the screen in a matter of 20 seconds, letting you know whether your diabetic diet, medication, exercise, or the latest diabetic recipes have worked successfully in controlling your sugar levels. Some glucose meters use the same device to hold the testing strips and measure the sugar levels, requiring only a smaller device for the needle prick. With others, there is a holder for the test strips, needles, and meter, and the test strips must be manually inserted in the glucose meter.

Cost

Blood glucose meters can vary widely in price range. Smaller, less accurate meters can run only $20-30, while more accurate meters that perform more tasks (like keeping up with your calorie count, exercise regimen and previous measurements) can run up to $200, depending. The price depends a lot on the functions you need and how much your insurance company is willing to pay.

What is a Blood Glucose Meter and Why Do I Need One?

If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, chances are you are very confused about a lot of things. Diabetic recipes, diabetic diets, exercise, and medications – all of these things may have been thrown at you in the course of just a few minutes at your doctor’s office when he or she gave you the news, and now you’re confused. Then your doctor mentions blood glucose meters, and your mind just shuts down. The good news is that your doctor is telling you the truth, all of these things – diabetic diet plans, exercise, diabetic recipes, medications, and your glucose meter is very important, but why?

What is It?

A blood glucose meter is a small machine that tests blood glucose levels in those with diabetes while they are in the comfort of their own home and at any time they need – day or night, twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. The glucose meter takes a small amount of blood by pricking the fingertip with a tiny needle. The blood is put against the tip of a coated testing strip, which is then put into the meter for measurement. The glucose level will show up on the screen of the glucose meter.

Why Do I Need One?

Though diabetic diet plans, exercise, medications, and diabetic recipes are all really good things to consider when you have diabetes, it is important to know that you cannot keep your blood sugar from dipping or soaring all the time. If you’re feeling off, the only way to know if your sugar level is up or down, or normal, is to test yourself right then. Glucose meters make this possible and keep a person with diabetes safe and knowing what their blood glucose level is, anytime, anywhere.

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