8 Things to Look for in Your Blood Sugar Monitor for Home Use

If you are diabetic, this is something you might want to know.

Why is it necessary for diabetics to monitor blood sugar levels?

Normally, your body regulates itself according the sugar in the blood after eating your favourite pizza, a piece of chocolate pastry or any other food. In diabetics this mechanism does not work. They need medicines and special diet to keep their sugar levels in control. It is very important for diabetics to stay aware of their blood sugar levels. This helps them prevent their blood sugar levels from rising too high or falling too low, which can prove to be very dangerous.

A blood pressure monitor comes in very handy in checking your blood sugar levels at different times during the day. It is very convenient too as you don’t have to rush to the pathology every time you want to test your sugar levels. You get instant results that help you correct the glucose levels in your body.

When you should check your sugar levels?

Your doctor will advice you when and how frequently you should check your blood sugar levels. You may need to check your blood sugar several times during the day under the following conditions:

  • After taking insulin
  • After your meal
  • After exercising
  • When you are sick
  • When you are under stress
  • When you feel that your blood sugar is low
  • If you are prediabetic

How to choose a good blood sugar monitor?

When you go to the market, you may find yourself surrounded by a wide range of blood sugar monitors. How to choose the one best suited to your home use becomes easy is when you keep certain things in mind. Here is checklist of things for buying a good blood sugar monitor-

  1. The monitor should be multi site: It means that when you prick yourself for getting a blood sample, your device should be able to give results if your prick yourself on other parts of your body apart from your finger. Thighs, upper arm, calf and forearm are some of the sites on your body from where you can take blood samples.
  2. The monitor should require very little blood: The monitor should need a small drop of blood for testing.
  3. The monitor should give instantaneous results: The monitor should give you blood sugar readings in five seconds or even less time. This feature is very important. It helps when you want to know your readings as soon as possible if your blood sugar goes down and take more glucose.
  4. The monitor should have good memory: The readings are stored in the blood pressure monitor. Some monitors store the last 10 readings while some may store up to 500 last readings. The higher the memory, the easier it is for you to compare the readings overtime without the hassle of keeping a manual log.
  5. The monitor should be handy: If your blood sugar monitor is small in size, it is quite portable. They fit in easily into your pocket and come in handy when you are out and want to check your blood sugar. Most of the models today are quite small and compact.
  6. The monitor should suit your vision: If you have trouble reading small fonts and figures, go for a monitor which you can easily read with even weak eyesight. Some monitors tell you the readings vocally in your language of preference.
  7. The strips are easy to access: Some monitors have strips inside a drum attached to them while in some others you have to insert the strip in a given slot to get results. It is not very easy to insert the strip at all times especially at night or early morning hours when you feel groggy or you’re hands are shivering due to low blood sugar. Choose a monitor that is easy to handle at all times.
  8. The monitor should be easy to sync: If your monitor has the software to sync it to your computer, it becomes very simple to store your readings over a long time. You can get a back up for all the previously recorded readings without maintaining a manual log.

How to use a blood sugar monitor?

  • -Read the instructions given in the manual of your blood sugar monitor.
  • -With the lancet given in the kit, prick your finger to get a drop of blood.
  • -Take this drop off blood on the test strip given and then insert this strip in the slot given in the monitor
  • -The monitor shows the results on the screen or announces it.
  • -If you have any difficulty in using your monitor ask your doctor or call the toll free numbers given on the manual to get help.

Ask your doctor to advice you for the blood sugar monitor best suited to your needs and keep a tab on your blood glucose levels without a glitch!

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