Blood glucose monitoring systems – simple and easy to use to ensure regular monitoring

Blood glucose monitoring systems are an important part of your diabetes management program. Regular monitoring enables timely treatment and changes to diet and medication. There are several blood glucose meters available in the market to choose from as per requirement. There are regular self monitoring kits and the continuous monitoring kits available manufactured by different companies like Abbott, Roche, Bayer etc.

Blood glucose monitoring systems for self monitoring

The regular glucometers are the simple self monitoring systems. These meters are extremely handy and simple and very easy to use with a few instructions and training. You have to pierce the skin generally at the fingertip with a lancet to draw a drop of blood. You then need to place the drop on a test strip that is chemically active. These test strips are single use and should be disposed after use. With the digital meters that we now preferably use, the test strips have to be attached to the glucose meter at the given port to check glucose levels. The test time could range from 3 to 12 seconds. The test results are flashed on a display window of the meter. There is often a flashlight provision which enables you to read the results in darkness. The sample size may be in the range of 0.3 to 1.0 micro liter. The blood sample size is becoming smaller and the sampling technique even simpler, safer and less painful. Typically it is the finger tip which is preferred for testing. Alternate testing sites like palm, calf, thigh, forearm etc are also preferred now to give the fingers some rest. Those with hypoglycemia should preferably use the finger tip blood sample for testing.

Continuous blood glucose monitoring

The doctor usually prescribes regular blood glucose monitoring at specific times like early morning, before and after meals, before bedtime etc. However, it is less likely that glucose levels are checked during the night time. So how do you keep track of night time glucose levels which may be useful indicators of some ailments? Well, this may be sorted out by using continuous blood glucose monitors. You can check glucose levels throughout the day on a continuous basis. Generally such meters are minimally invasive. A disposable glucose sensor is placed just under the skin until a replacement is due. There is a connection between the sensor and a non-implanted transmitter. Readings are communicated to a radio receiver. The electric receiver displays glucose levels on a continuous basis. The monitors can also show you the rising and falling trends of blood glucose. The immediate information on the high and low blood glucose levels can be useful in effective treatment.

Blood glucose monitoring systems

There are several monitors available in the market and you can choose the best one for your self.

Let’s list a few of them:
* 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,
* OneTouch UltraMini, OneTouch Ultra2, OneTouch UltraSmart, OneTouch UltraLink, OneTouch Select
* WaveSense Keynote blood glucose monitoring system
* Companion Blood glucose meter,

With technological developments new blood glucose monitoring systems with innovative features are available for users. Efforts are made to improve accuracy and test times and bring simplicity in testing. The meters have enabled users to ensure regular monitoring is done and that testing is not put off to some other time.

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