Regular blood glucose monitoring is vital to ensure diabetes control. With the large number of blood glucose monitoring systems available in the market, diabetics have many choices. They can explore and choose the best one that is suitable to their needs. A blood glucose monitoring system helps keep track of the glucose levels and manage your diet, exercise and medication regime that would enable you to prolong the onset of complications from diabetes. You have the regular self monitoring kits and the continuous monitoring kits available to choose from.
Self monitoring with blood glucose monitoring system
The regular blood glucose monitors or glucometers that we all are aware of are extremely handy and simple meters. They usually require piercing the skin with a lancet to draw a drop of blood. This drop of blood you place on the test strip. The test strip is chemically active and is for a one time use. It has to be disposed after a single use. The test strip is attached to the glucose meter where the level is tested. It takes about 3 to 12 seconds to display the results. The results are displayed on a display window of the meter. The sample size varies from 0.3 to 1.0 micro liter. With advancements in technology the blood sample technique is becoming simpler and safer and less painful. Usually it is a finger prick that is enough to draw the blood sample. Now we also have alternate testing sites like palm, calf, thigh, forearm which gives the fingers some rest. However, for those suffering from hypoglycemia it is advisable to use the finger tip location for testing.
Continuous blood glucose monitoring
Regular monitoring may be done at stipulated times; early morning, before and after meals, before bedtime and as per doctors’ instructions. However, what about the glucose levels in between or during the night. You may never check your blood glucose in the night. There are continuous blood glucose monitors available to check glucose levels on a continuous basis. These are minimally invasive monitors that provide continuous results. There is disposable glucose sensor which is placed just under the skin. It is worn for a few days until a replacement may be required. The sensor is linked to a non-implanted transmitter. It communicates the readings to a radio receiver. The levels are displayed on an electronic receiver on a continuous basis. These meters also monitor rising and falling trends. Thus, you get immediate information on high and low blood glucose levels.
Blood glucose meters available in the market
There is a huge variety of blood glucose monitoring system available to suit the needs of every person.
Just to list a few regular monitors available:
* OneTouch UltraMini, OneTouch Ultra2, OneTouch UltraSmart, OneTouch UltraLink, OneTouch Select
* FreeStyle Lite, FreeStyle Freedom Lite, Precision Xtra blood glucose and ketone monitoring system,
* Accu-Chek Compact Plus, Accu-Chek Aviva, Accu-Chek Advantage Meter, Accu-Chek Active, Accu-Chek Voicemate,
* Companion Blood glucose meter,
* WaveSense Keynote blood glucose monitoring system
There are many technological developments happening in the blood glucose monitoring systems. We have new meters with innovative features being introduced for greater accuracy and test times. You just need to check out which is better for you and choose accordingly.
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