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Tips for Choosing a Blood Glucose Meter

Blood glucose meters can be extremely confusing and difficult to choose from because there are so many brands and different functions and features available. With your diabetic recipes, diabetic diet plans, exercise regimens, and medications the last thing you need to stress over is choosing a blood glucose meter. Luckily, there are several great tips on choosing a blood glucose meter that you can just kind of keep in the back of your mind as you shop to help you choose the best one for you and your individual situation.

Know What You Need

Before you ever begin choosing a blood glucose meter, sit down with your doctor or by yourself and make a list of the features and things you really need in a glucose meter. If you don’t need a tiny, pocket sized glucose meter, don’t include that in your list. Having a list that looks something like this - large display, alternative testing site, 200 test result memory – can be extremely helpful when you are choosing from the dozens of glucose meters available in your local pharmacy.

Good Quality

Make sure the glucose meter you are considering is made of good quality. Check the accuracy and safety rating of the glucose meter, and reassure yourself that actual doctors and not those who just want to make money put effort into developing it. Look for good quality manufacturing materials and testing strips/needles as well.

Convenience Features

No matter your individual needs, chances are there are a few features for convenience’s sake that you will want as a part of your choice of glucose meters. These may include alternative testing sites, smaller blood quantity needed, and 5 second result time. All of these and more are important to everyone with diabetes because everyone with diabetes want to make it as small of a hassle as possible to have to test their blood glucose levels.

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