Regularly checking your blood sugar (blood glucose) is one of the most important things you can do to keep your diabetes in check. And the latest blood glucose monitors—also called meters—offer more options than ever.
There are several things to consider when buying a blood glucose monitor. Because you may need to check your blood sugar several times a day, you’ll want to invest in a high-quality device. A good monitor will also give you better results, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA ensures that all meters sold in the U.S. meet certain accuracy requirements. Specifically, 95% of meter test results must be within plus or minus 20 percent of the correct level for high readings (≥ 75 mg/dl), and within plus or minus 15 points of the correct level for low readings (< 75 mg/dl). Those small differences are accurate enough for you to make treatment decisions based on your levels, experts say.
Many types of monitors are available. Different brands and models offer different features. Consider factors such as:
- How much blood the monitor needs for a reading
- How easy it is for you to use the monitor and its features
- How long a reading takes
- If you have to take blood from your finger, or if you can use another place on your body such as your palm, upper arm, or thigh
- The size of the device, the screen, and the letters and numbers on the screen
- The ability to track your results over time
- If you can save your results on the monitor or send them to a computer
Take a look at these dependable monitors available for purchase at your local Rite Aid pharmacy:
The TRUEresult meter is easy to use and allows for alternate site testing. A tiny 0.5 microliter blood sample size is needed for testing, with results in as fast as 4 seconds. It can store 500 results with time/date and can calculate 7, 14 and 30-day blood glucose averages.
The TRUE2go meter offers true on-the-go convenience. It is the world's smallest meter, holding up to 99 test results. The easy-to-read display produces results in as fast as 4 seconds with a tiny 0.5 microliter blood sample size.
The easy to use TRUEtrack meter requires a small 1 microliter blood sample and produces results in 10 seconds. It has a 365 test memory with 14 and 30 day averaging.
The OneTouch Verio IQ features a color LCD screen with clear, large numbers. In addition, the screen and test port strip both light up for hassle-free nighttime testing. On-screen messaging and one-step tagging make it easy to understand what your results mean for you.
The OneTouch VerioSync is the first meter to automatically send blood sugar results wirelessly to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using the OneTouch Reveal.
The OneTouch UltraMini is available in five colors and is small enough to fit in your purse or pocket. It is easy to use, with simple navigation buttons and results delivered in five seconds.
The One Touch Ultra offers several cutting-edge features to help you manage diabetes. For example, you can use before and after–meal averages to learn how foods affect your blood sugar. And its 500-test memory lets you track your results over time.
This discreet meter is less than ¾-inch thick and smaller than a business card. The backlit display and lighted test strip port lets you use it even in dim light. It requires only a very small blood sample and delivers results in five seconds.
Take control of your diabetes and choose a meter that is right for you. Ask your Rite Aid Pharmacist for help with meter selection and training.
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