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Diabetes: Checking Your Blood Sugar

Diabetes: Checking Your Blood Sugar

Actionset Introduction Because you have diabetes, you need to know when your blood sugar level is outside the target range for your body. Fortunately, you can see what your blood sugar level is anywhere and anytime by using a home blood sugar meter (blood glucose meter). Using the meter, you can find out what your blood sugar level is quickly. Knowing your blood sugar level helps you treat low or high blood sugar before it becomes an emergency. It also helps you know how exercise and food affect your blood sugar and how much short-acting insulin (if you take insulin) to take. Most importantly, it helps you feel more in control as you manage life with diabetes. How to test your blood sugar Monitoring your blood sugar level at home takes the guesswork out of your daily diabetes care. You will know what your blood sugar level is at the time of testing. Here is a simple way to get started. Link testing your blood sugar with other daily activities, such as preparing breakfast or before your afternoon walk. This will help you establish the habit of self-testing. Gather the supplies to test your blood sugar. Keep your supplies together so that you can do a test quickly if needed. Check your equipment before you do each test. Check the expiration date on your testing strips. If you use expired test strips, you may not get accurate results. Many meters don't need a code from the test strips, but some will. If your meter does, make sure the code numbers on the testing strips bottle match the numbers on your meter. If the numbers do not match, follow the directions that come with your meter for changing the code numbers. Most manufacturers recommend using the sugar control solution that is made by your meter's manufacturer the first time you use a meter, when you open a new bottle Continue reading >>

Va National Center For Patient Safety

Va National Center For Patient Safety

Hazard Summary for Blood Glucose Meters (BGMs) a.k.a. Glucometers This Hazard Summary addresses portable Blood Glucose Monitors (BGMs) that are used by diabetic patients to self-monitor glucose levels. This Hazard Summary is a supplement; it DOES NOT replace latest revisions of existing guidelines and directives for proper handling, storage and operation of BGMs, their accessories and/or test strips. This Hazard Summary references the “systems approach” to delineate vulnerabilities in a system, where the patient is identified as part of the system. Portable Blood Glucose Monitors (BGMs), also known as Glucometers, are portable, battery operated medical devices that measure the blood glucose concentration from a small drop of capillary blood (from finger sticks or alternate sites) using methodologies such as: reflectance photometry, absorbance photometry, or electrochemistry.1 Benefits: Some of the benefits of this device are convenience and safety to the patient on many levels: Since patients can check and monitor their own blood glucose levels at their leisure, they do not have to travel to a healthcare facility to have their venous and/or arterial blood drawn. Therapy/treatment can be rendered quickly at their homes. Since the blood sample these portable devices require is smaller than that needed for automated laboratory/chemistry analyzers, BGMs can reduce patient blood loss due to laboratory testing. Cost is greatly reduced for the care and treatment of diabetic patients for all parties involved: the patient, the healthcare facility, insurance providers and the physician. Hazards: Recent FDA and manufacturers’ notifications and recalls of these devices have proven that there are associated vulnerabilities in the use of glucometers. Feature Vulnerability Porta Continue reading >>

True Metrix | Diabetic Supply Review

True Metrix | Diabetic Supply Review

People with diabetes can rely on the True Metrix brand for cutting-edge blood glucose meters and test strips that are easy to use. Self-monitoring is essential to verify blood glucose levels are not too high or too low. These meters feature advanced event tags that empower the user to make the important connection between his or her personal lifestyle choices and the results. Users can make educated decisions about their blood sugar test results to actively manage diabetes. True Metrix Meter No Coding Required Many blood glucose meters require manual coding prior to use. Failure to code the meter or making a mistake can lead to inaccurate blood glucose measurements and inappropriate treatment. The True Metrix blood glucose meter with no coding technology automatically matches the test strips to eliminate the possibility of miscoding. The results are more accurate when compared to manually coded meter. The True Metrix meter is easier to use, saves time, and offers the highest level of convenience. Fast Results People with diabetes want fast results so there is no waiting to find out what their blood glucose levels are. This helps them to manage hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia immediately to avoid further complications. Additionally, the triple sense technology provides impressive accuracy. It automatically detects, as well as analyzes and corrects, the variables in blood samples. Small Sample Size & Alternative Site Testing A smaller sample size makes it possible for the user to conduct alternative site testing. It can be painful to continue drawing blood from the fingertip or the side of the fingers. With a small sample size, diabetes patients can get relief by drawing blood from a less painful spot. This includes accessible body areas such as the forearm or the palm of t Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Meters For Type 2 Diabetes

Blood Glucose Meters For Type 2 Diabetes

Blood glucose meters allow you to monitor your blood sugar levels at home and get your diabetes under control. Today's devices have come a long way from the first meters, which were bulky and difficult to use. You can now get a meter for less than $50 that will give you consistently accurate blood sugar readings. Beyond the traditional blood glucose meters, there are now also more high-tech continuous glucose monitoring systems available for use. Both types have a variety of features, so you should do your homework before deciding which is right for you. Blood Sugar Testing: Traditional Blood Glucose Meters Over the years, blood glucose meters have become more convenient, less expensive, and more accurate than their predecessors. The basic mechanics of the meters, however, have remained the same. To get a blood sugar reading, type 2 diabetes patients must: Make a skin prick, usually by means of a spring-loaded lancet, to get a drop of blood. Place the blood on a test strip. Slide the test strip into the blood glucose meter, which analyzes the blood and calculates your blood sugar level. About three dozen blood glucose meters for blood sugar testing are on the market today. Before choosing one, consult with your doctor or diabetes educator and keep in mind the following pros and cons. Traditional Meter Pros: Price. Most traditional glucose meters are very affordable and often are covered by insurance. Accuracy. When used properly, these meters provide accurate blood sugar readings. Ease of use. Manufacturers have been able to make blood glucose meters fairly easy to use after years of development. Versatility. Blood glucose meters offer a wide array of extras. Many devices store hundreds of past test results in their internal memory and allow you to download that data to Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Meters

Blood Glucose Meters

US Pharm. 2013;38(10):8-11. Diabetes mellitus is an endemic medical condition in the United States. The CDC estimates that 8.3% of U.S. citizens are affected, including 18.8 million who are diagnosed and perhaps another 7 million who are not yet diagnosed.1 Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., a major cause of heart disease and stroke, and the leading cause of renal failure, nontraumatic amputation of the lower limbs, and new cases of blindness among U.S. adults.1 Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose Before the advent of blood glucose testing, patients who wished to monitor blood glucose used urine test sticks (e.g., Diastix, Clinistix), urine testing paper (e.g., Tes-Tape), or urine testing tablets (e.g., Clinitest). These tests became outmoded as blood glucose meters were marketed in the late 1970s and thereafter.2 The advent of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) allowed patients for the first time to exert tight control of their diabetes. They were better able to balance diet, exercise, insulin, and oral medications to keep their blood glucose at safe levels. This tight control helps prevent the deadly sequelae that are inevitable with hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. General Tips for Patients When patients inquire about SMBG, pharmacists can provide a set of general instructions to help them achieve success.3 The first thing a patient should do after purchasing a meter is to read the instruction booklet thoroughly. Many people do not read the instructions before proceeding with use of a newly purchased product. They may be fully able to rely on their intuitive skills to assemble a bookcase or use a new kitchen appliance, as the consequences of misuse in these cases are generally harmless. That is not the case with blood glucose meters. Patient Continue reading >>

The Best Glucometers Of 2018

The Best Glucometers Of 2018

Our Process We spent over 80 hours researching the best 30 glucometers on the market. We considered the specifications, features, user reviews, medical studies, availability and cost. After eliminating models that used old technology, like coding, or were too difficult to find in stores, we purchased the best 12 blood glucose meters so we could perform hands-on evaluations of each device. Before diving into our recommendations for the best glucometers, it’s important to note that Top Ten Reviews is not a substitute for your primary care physician. Our recommendations are made based on common scenarios, hands-on experience, market cost evaluations and a comparison of important features, but they’re not a replacement for advice from your doctor. We are not medical experts. $19.99 The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect gets its name from its main feature – Bluetooth that connects it to a mobile app on your smartphone. This provides excellent data management of your readings so you can spot patterns and better treat your diabetes. In addition, the device's interface is one of the easiest to navigate. It has multiple buttons so you can get to the features you need quickly, and the display is high-contrast with big numbers. Another reason why the Aviva Connect is the best glucometer is the availability of its test strips – they are everywhere. We couldn't find a pharmacy or online store that didn't stock them. Of course, the one significant downside to the test strips is their cost. At $1.39 per strip in a pack of 100 and $1.52 per strip in a pack of 50, they’re more expensive than most test strips on the market. Best Glucometer for Value & Availability $13.95 The CONTOUR NEXT is our pick for the best glucometer if your primary concerns are overall value and the availability o Continue reading >>

Plasma Glucose Meters And Whole Blood Meters

Plasma Glucose Meters And Whole Blood Meters

Until the last couple of years, all blood glucose (blood sugar) meters read the glucose level in your blood sample as whole blood. Then several years ago one manufacturer developed a meter calibrated to read the blood glucose sample as if it were plasma. Why? Because the results of blood samples taken from your vein at your doctor's office or lab are reported as plasma. By having the meter record results as plama glucose, you and your healthcare team can more easily compare your lab tests with your blood glucose meter results. Several other meter manufacturers subsequently followed suit, so that today most newer meters provide blood glucose (sugar) readings as plasma glucose readings. What's the difference?" you might ask. The difference is that plasma numbers read about 10 - 12% higher than the older whole blood numbers. So if your fasting and pre-meal blood glucose target is 90 - 130 mg/dl plasma glucose, it would be 80 - 120 mg/dl if your meter reads whole blood. So, it's important for you to know what your meter reads, and then what your targets are for the meter you are using. Check your instruction book, contact the manufacturer of your meter, or ask a diabetes educator to find out how your meter reads. As of July, 2002, the Joslin Web site is listing target blood glucose levels on its Online Diabetes Library as plasma glucose levels to reflect this change. For individuals who use the Online Diabetes Library as a resource to refer to on a regular basis, this is the reason for slight changes in certain target levels presented in this material. Continue reading >>

Top 10 Popular Blood Glucose Meters Put To The Test

Top 10 Popular Blood Glucose Meters Put To The Test

With countless blood glucose meters on the market, how do you know which one to choose? Do you choose the most expensive one; it must work the best if it costs the most, right? Or are you a techie looking for a Bluetooth meter that syncs to your smartphone? Perhaps, you’re concerned with the cost and you’re looking for the most affordable meter. Top 10 Glucose Meters We’ve taken the time to test the ten most popular blood glucose meters. Take a look to find the meter that’s the best fit for you. Winner and our favorite meter is One Touch Ultra 2. OneTouch Ultra 2 Accu-Chek Aviva Connect Walmart ReliON Confirm OneTouch Verio Abbott FreeStyle Lite Walgreens True2Go Contour Next EZ Livongo Health In Touch Meter Nova Max Plus Sanofi iBGStar Our Pick After a careful review of the top glucose meters on the market, our #1 recommendation is the One Touch Ultra 2. It’s simply one of the best in terms of functionality and price. Click here to learn more. (Helpful Tip: Although you can get one from your local pharmacy, you’ll find it cheaper on Amazon. Click here to get yours.) Accu-Chek Aviva Connect The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect gets its name from the Bluetooth connection that syncs to the user’s smartphone. The Connect utilizes an app to keep track of both short-term and long-term readings on a person’s smartphone. The user can also view their trends via bar graphs and maps on the app. The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect will cost you $29.99 and $1.75 for a single test strip. One con to this meter is that the test strips are one of the highest priced strips on the market. However, they are readily available in almost all drug stores and pharmacies. Accu-Chek also offers a supplemental program called Preferred Savings which can reduce most test-strip co-pays to $15-$45. Ot Continue reading >>

3 Brands To Consider While Looking For A Truetest Test Strips Replacement

3 Brands To Consider While Looking For A Truetest Test Strips Replacement

With TRUEtest Test Strips, TRUEresult & TRUE2go Meters discontinuing June 1st, diabetic patients who’ve been using and are comfortable with the brand have been wondering which diabetic test strips and glucose meter to use once they’re no longer available. It can be frustrating when things like this happen for the patients and for vendors. However, the good news is, you have choices that are not only as accurate as TRUEtest Test Strips, they’re affordable as well. Read more about the discontinuation of TRUEtest Test Strips in the Article Below: Important News Regarding TRUEtest Test Strips TRUEmetrix Test Strips paired with the TRUEmetrix Glucose Meter is the first choice on the list. We highly recommend this due to the fact that TRUEmetrix is designed to be the replacement for TRUEtest. Not only is the accuracy on par with the TRUEtest test strips, the price is almost always the same or slightly off by pennies. If you’re looking for more choices and would like to try something completely different, Arkray Glucocard Meter and test strips may be a good alternative. They’re accurate, require a small amount of blood for sampling, and are inexpensive. Bayer Contour and Bayer Contour Next test strips are also good choices and are extremely popular among diabetics who check their blood sugar on a daily basis. They usually run 2 to 3 dollars higher than the options mentioned above but that’s to be expected, considering they carry the BAYER brand name. With all of this being said, TRUEtest Test Strips should be available well into the year. Although they’re discontinuing, vendors have been stocking up in order to the meet the demand of customers and, as of right now, the current expiration date on the boxes are in 2019. So, in the meantime, if you want to stock up Continue reading >>

Talking Meters

Talking Meters

What’s New? Self-monitoring of blood glucose is one of the areas of diabetes self-management that is deeply affected by severe visual impairment. When people with diabetes learn they have permanent visual impairment, one of the first questions they often ask a diabetes educator is, “How will I check my blood glucose?” Many standard meters now have large-print screens, which makes them more accessible for people with enough vision to see large print. However, most of the large-print screens have low contrast between the numbers and the background, limiting their usefulness for many people with moderate to severe visual impairment. And all standard meters currently available require the ability to read large print for at least some essential steps in their use, making them inaccessible for people whose visual impairment is severe enough that they cannot read large print. Fortunately, some manufacturers of blood glucose meters have recognized the need for meters for people who cannot read visual displays. For more than 10 years now, such meters have been available in the United States. And Medicare and most private insurance companies provide coverage for such meters for the people who need them. (See “Insurance Coverage for Talking Meters.”) -- Keep an eye on your vision! Learn about preventive steps and treatments for diabetic retinopathy from retinal specialist Dr. Charles Wykoff. >> In the past couple of years, there have been major changes in the availability of accessible blood glucose meters for people with severe visual impairment. A number of accessible meters are no longer available. One meter that had been available since 1998, the Accu-Chek Voicemate, ceased being produced as of January 1, 2007. Two other meters that could be used with a separate voic Continue reading >>

Best Blood Glucose Meter

Best Blood Glucose Meter

Keeping a record of your ideal glucose levels is an essential part of managing diabetes. Having a blood glucose meter will allow you to do this easily and efficiently. However urine tests are still an important part of keeping on top of your glucose levels, checking for ketones, but the sugar meter makes keeping an accurate reading more simple. Picking a blood glucose meter that is right for you depends on a few factors; the products that are available to you, including the costs of the testing strips used and what device your doctor recommends best for your own individual requirements. There are a number of different glucose meters to choose from which will benefit diabetic patients, whatever their circumstances may be, enabling them to regularly carry out self-testing using the machine and to receive confident and accurate results every time. Having a blood glucose meter therefore means that the patient can use these products while on the go or travelling and always have peace of mind that they can check and record their glucose levels. The TRUEfill test strips are glucose meter testing strips that feature the TRUEfill technology. These strips only require a small sample of blood, only .5 microliters per sample is needed to still gain fast results. The TRUEtest test strips are extremely easy and straightforward to use, however they must be used with the TRUEresult or the TRUEgo blood glucose monitors, as these are the only compatible machines that take the TRUEtest testing strips. The strips cost up to 30% less than other leading testing strips making them a good purchase both financially and medically. It is reassuring to know that the TRUEtest brand of testing strips are covered by most private insurance plans as well as by Medicare, making them a good choice for th Continue reading >>

Top 10 Best Glucose Meters From Consumer Reports 2015

Top 10 Best Glucose Meters From Consumer Reports 2015

World-wide annual sales of glucose meters and test-strip supplies tally up to well over 10 billion dollars each year, but with over 50 styles and brands to choose from, it can be hard to determine which meter is not only the best for your needs but also best in terms of accuracy, price, and ease of use. Thanks to Stacey Divone from The Girl with the Portable Pancreas, we got the inside scoop on the 2015 Consumer Reports review of today’s glucose meter technology. The first nine of these meters scored as “excellent” in accuracy and “above 80 out of 100” for their overall assessment. Here are the top 10 recommended meters: FreeStyle Lite: $20 for the meter with an annual cost of $2410 at 4 strips per day FreeStyle Freedom Lite: $20 for the meter with an annual cost of $2410 at 4 strips per day Bayer Contour Next: $20 for the meter with an annual cost of $1460 at 4 strips per day Well at Walgreens True Metrix: $22 for the meter with an annual cost of $1225 at 4 strips per day Bayer Breeze 2: $25 for the meter with an annual cost of $1900 at 4 strips per day Up & Up Blood Glucose Meter from Target: $15 for the meter with an annual cost of $525 at 4 strips per day Accu-Chek Aviva Plus: $30 for the meter with an annual cost of $2115 at 4 strips per day ReliOn Micro from Walmart: $15 for the meter with an annual cost of $525 at 4 strips per day Accu-Chek Compact Plus: $75 for the meter with an annual cost of $2030 at 4 strips per day ReliOn Ultima from Walmart: $15 for the meter with an annual cost of $525 at 4 strips per day Do you use one of these top 10 meters? What are your favorite and least favorite features? Further reading on blood sugar monitoring: Continue reading >>

New Blood Glucose Meter Provides People With Diabetes An Accurate, Affordable Solution For Glucose Testing-without Insurance Copays

New Blood Glucose Meter Provides People With Diabetes An Accurate, Affordable Solution For Glucose Testing-without Insurance Copays

Now a new, slim-designed Abbott blood glucose meter with high accuracy is available over-the-counter at major U.S. retailers at a lower cost than other branded meters and test strips, and without the need for insurance paperwork and copays often needed to purchase branded diabetes supplies. This new meter, the FreeStyle Precision Neo Blood Glucose Monitoring System™, received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and is now available at a cost of between $14-$17 USD for 25 strips and a one-time fee for the meter, which ranges from $22-$28 USD. "People with diabetes depend every single day on trusted, high-quality tools to monitor their glucose levels," said Robert Ford, senior vice president, Diabetes Care, Abbott. "This dependence makes it even more important to ensure people have affordable access to accurate, fast, and easy-to-use systems such as FreeStyle Precision Neo system. Today, more than ever, consumers have more influence on their healthcare decisions, and Abbott is focused on offering products that provide the highest standard of accuracy, and are also affordable and easily accessible over the counter." According to the American Diabetes Association, the medical costs of people living with diabetes are about 2.3 times higher than for people without the disease.i In addition, the process associated with healthcare insurance paperwork can be a challenge for some individuals. To help provide a solution, Abbott developed FreeStyle Precision Neo—the first system from Abbott's FreeStyle family of products that is available over the counter with preferred copay pricing, giving patients the option to pay out of pocket to obtain their monitor and test strips. The FreeStyle Precision Neo System features include: Monitor's memory holds up to 1,000 readings S Continue reading >>

Best Blood Glucose Meters

Best Blood Glucose Meters

If you use a blood glucose meters from one of the big four meter companies to check your level four times a day, you will probably pay anywhere from $1,700 to $2,300 each year. But if instead you test with a meter and strips from one of the “big box” stores, you would be out of pocket only about $600 to $800. This is a useful bit of information from the latest Consumer Reports review of the “Best Blood Glucose Meters.” The magazine rates 21 meters in a brief article of one chart and five paragraphs in less than a page in its November 2012 issue. The big box stores that sell some of the least expensive meters and test strips are Wal-Mart and Target. Wal-Mart has offered its ReliOn brand for years, but Target now offers its Up & Up brand. Still, the wide price gap may be misleading. Each of the big four — LifeScan, Roche, Bayer, and Abbott — offer programs that can provide some of us test strips for considerably less. Most people with diabetes will find the report, however brief, useful. It’s already on newsstands and, better yet, on the shelves of most libraries. What Consumer Reports says is important. Published by the nonprofit Consumers Union and containing no ads, this is one of our largest circulation magazines. Two years ago it had a circulation of 7.3 million copies, according to a review of the magazine in The Wall Street Journal. The magazine regularly reviews these meters, the most important tool that we have for managing our blood sugar. Four years ago I wrote here about its review of 13 meters from eight different manufacturers. Other magazines also review our meters, notably Diabetes Forecast.Their review this past January provides some useful information, but it makes a point of noting that, “Diabetes Forecast doesn’t test or recommend pro Continue reading >>

The Meter That Says It All

The Meter That Says It All

Easy. Accurate. Safe. The feature-rich no coding Embrace meter delivers fast, accurate results using a very small blood sample, and with the talking feature you have the option to hear your results as well as see them. Instant Three-Step Verification ensures accurate results every time. The Embrace Better Care Program is a proactive care program from Omnis Health designed to help you take better care of your diabetes. It provides access to diabetes educational materials, product information, special offers, money-savings coupons, and more. Click here to learn more. The EmbraceIt Mobile App At the heart of the Embrace Better Care Program is the EmbraceIt Mobile App. It’s the easiest way to Embrace Better Care and share your test results with your healthcare provider. Download Now on the iTunes and Google Play stores. With a direct link to Health2Sync though the EmbraceIt app, you can share results by manually entering your test results or using the Smart Cable to upload data on your mobile device. To order a Smart Cable ($16.95 + $3 S&H, tax may apply in some states), please fill out this form, call an Omnis Health Product Care Specialist at 877-979-5454, or visit Amazon.com. Note: If you do not have a compatible mobile device, you can download a PC portal for your desktop/laptop PC. You can view data uploaded via the PC Portal by signing directly into the Health2Sync web app. Continue reading >>

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