The use of a glucose meter (or glucometer) is the best way to check, at home, if your sugar level is well controlled. There are many models on the market, but how to choose the one that suits you best? First, you need to target your needs.Bear in mind that this reader only reads the results; he does not control your blood sugar. Only you can normalize it by adopting a healthy lifestyle and taking your medications prescribed by your doctor daily, if this is the case. The results will also guide your doctor to determine the best treatment and follow its course, and will allow you to adjust to achieve a more satisfactory mastery.
WHERE CAN YOU GET A BLOOD GLUCOSE METER?
These devices are available in pharmacies. You can also get them via the Internet, but in stores, your health care professional will be there to better advise you and target your needs. It will also be available to explain the operation of the device.
HOW TO DETERMINE WHICH DEVICE IS BEST FOR YOU?
To get a blood glucose meter that’s right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before you buy.Do you have vision problems? If this is the case, be aware that there are devices with a larger display screen. Some even have a voice function that will verbally give you your result.Do you have problems with dexterity? Do you have arthritis, shaking hands? There are devices that require less manipulation and hold well in the hand.Do you travel regularly? If you are a frequent commuter, for leisure or work, you will not want to clutter with a big device.
Are you passionate about computer science? Your computer is following you everywhere? Models that can be connected to your computer or tablet via a USB port are available. The results will be transferred to a special program previously installed on your computer.
UNDERSTAND YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE METER
Apart from the different functions of each device available on the market, the user manual basically remains the same. Each reader is sold with the following products:
Lancets. They are equipped with a small needle to prick your fingertip to get a blood sample. They must be changed with each use to avoid injury, infection or unnecessary discomfort.
The lancing device. This is a small pen that receives the lancet and allows the blood to be punctured. It can receive one needle at a time or a barrel of lancets depending on the brand of the reader.
The test strips. These are the strips that collect your blood sample that will be sent to the device for analysis.
A blood sugar book. You will be able to record your results and have a follow-up of your readings. He often understands some relevant advice.Be aware that most blood glucose meters are free when you buy strips. The strips are also reimbursed by the drug insurance companies and the Quebec public prescription drug insurance plan.
OPTIMIZE THE USE OF YOUR GLUCOSE METER
- Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your blood glucose meter:
- Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or diabetes professional how often you should have your blood glucose tests.
- Make sure you know what blood glucose targets you should reach. Learn to interpret the results you get.
- Make sure you have a complete education on how to use your device. This can be done by a member of the laboratory team at your pharmacy.
- If in any doubt, call the pharmacy or call the 1-800 number provided by the device manufacturer.
- If you realize that the device you have chosen does not suit you, change it to another model. But if all goes well, do not replace it unnecessarily.
- Strive to have one device at a time and do not scatter your hardware needed for testing. This could be confusing and possibly lead to false results.
- Check the expiry date of your test strips and do not use them if they have expired. Keep them in a dry place at room temperature. If they come in a vial, close the lid immediately after removing a test strip.
- Do not store your device or test strips in a place exposed to temperature variations such as the bathroom or car.
Remember that you are the main decision maker when you purchase a blood glucose meter. You are the best person to determine your needs and optimize your choice. Do not be swayed by attractive advertising or people around you. Talk to your pharmacist instead. By choosing a blood glucose meter that meets your needs, you will be able to better control your diabetes. Sometimes the motivation to keep track of your blood glucose levels runs out of steam over time. However, it is an essential measure of a complete and optimal management of diabetes. Put the odds on your side by choosing a device that suits you!