If you have diabetes, you know how important it is to monitor your blood glucose levels. Thankfully blood glucose meters make it easy. These small, computerized devices have the capabilities to measure and display your blood glucose levels quickly and effectively. But with so many glucose meters on the market, how do you choose the right one?
In this article, we take a closer look into the different types of glucometers and the factors you should consider when choosing one. Exploring the different types, understanding how they work and how to read their results are all important things to know before choosing one. Here’s how to choose the right blood glucose meter for you!
Types of Glucometers
There are a few different types of glucometers to choose from. The most popular option is a traditional glucose meter that uses a more invasive method like taking a blood sample using a lancing device, lancet, and test strips. These are usually sold in kits at the time of purchase, however, you will need to replace the lancets and testing strips. Even though this method is invasive, it is the most accurate method of measurement.
Another type of glucometer is a non-invasive device that scans the area (usually the arm) to check your blood glucose levels. This type may be convenient to use but they aren’t as accurate compared to invasive glucometers.
The last type of meter you can get is continuous glucose monitoring. This device requires the individual to wear it and take it everywhere. The sensor is implanted on the body (most often the arm or abdomen) and measures glucose levels in the interstitial fluid. Some people like this type best because you no longer have to prick your finger several times a day.