Blood glucose monitors, or “meters” have come a long way over the years. There are many brands and varieties to choose from. They are easy to use, small, fast, and require a very small amount of blood.

You will also need a lancet device, which pricks your finger with a spring-loaded action. You load a lancet into the device. The test strips are chemically designed to transfer the drop of blood into your meter to read the results.

Your meter will have a large display window for the blood glucose value. The meter also stores this information for retrieval at a later time.

Follow the instructions for calibrating the meter and use and care. There should be a toll-free number that came with your meter’s instructions that you can call anytime if you need help.

Learn more about the latest blood glucose monitors available to you by visiting DiabetesCare.net`s Diabetes Product Directory. You should also take a look at the Diabetes Forecast 2013 Consumer Guide.

 

 

 

Reviewed by Clara Schneider MS, RD, RN, CDE, LDN - 05/13