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`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