Matching the blood glucose monitor to the person is a bit of a mantra of mine here at Diabetes Insight. I get tired of health care professionals flinging any aul monitor at a person without taking into consideration does it suit them and showing them how to use it properly. This can lead to people disliking the monitor and tending to use it less. Many people end up not using it at all, which is a complete waste. A pot of test strips can cost anywhere between 25-50 euros. While all monitors will take a blood sugar level, many have lots of different functions that can suit individuals depending on their needs. When each person accesses Diabetes Insight, I pair the meter to the person, which usually ends up with very happy clients! For example a taxi driver or someone who travels alot might need an all and one meter with strips and lancet device all in the one monitor such as Accu Chek Mobile https://www.accu-chek.co.uk/gb/products/metersystems/mobile.html
For others they may like downloading results, obtaining as much information as possible, looking at trends and patterns. Thereforth the Bayer USB Contour meter http://www.bayercontourusb.co.uk/, One Touch Verios http://www.onetouch.com/verio can be useful in these situations. Some meters have progressed so much they can help you to carb count and advice on insulin dose adjustments!
The above are only examples and not an endorsement. It is important for you to seek the advice of your diabetes team &/or a health care professional you can trust to get the right meter for you. Because the majority of meters are now downloadable, some with bluetooth devices emailing and printing blood glucose levels to your diabetes team &/or HCP has never been easier. I like this idea because no matter where I am, I am only an email away for many clients for advice and support. I still favour the writing down of blood glucose levels in a diary, especially when someone runs into a pattern of swinging blood glucose levels, it can be a very useful exercise to do.
But remember especially with the newer monitors, they are only as useful as how often you use them and the information you put in!
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Diabetes Insight is Irelands only private independent advisory service and education centre dedicated and specializing solely in Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME). Its aim is to make a difference in the lives of those living daily with diabetes by providing quality education, advice, support and resources in a clear, simple, practical easy to understand manner without fear of judgement or blame. We respect and see each person with diabetes as an individual, with individual needs, so all our services are tailored to your specific needs. All our services are designed and facilitated by Helena Farrell RGN, MSc Diabetes who has over 15 years experience working and studying in diabetes management. These services are unique, from cookery courses to one day courses and are not to be found in any other health service or provider within the Republic of Ireland. Contact us today to see how we can help you and make a difference to you living with diabetes by ringing Helena on (086) 1739287 &/or email firstname.lastname@example.org. With services starting from as little as 20 euros, there is something to cater for every budget and need.
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