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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.

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