Blood glucose checkup is necessary for knowing whether your glucose levels are well controlled and if the medication you are taking is working. Most patients have a challenge in choosing between glucometers, there are many glucometers in the market and it is confusing choosing a reliable home testing glucometer. Most patients end up purchasing glucometers whose strips are hardly accessible. Here are some of the things you should consider before buying your set of glucometer.
1. Availability of the strips
Strips should be available in most leading chemists and surgical retailers. This will save time instead of the walk from one chemist to another looking for the strips. You may need to buy the strips monthly and therefore the strips being available at your local chemist where you buy your monthly medicines would help save time,
2.Cost of the strips
Diabetes is a long time condition and treatment is usually long-term, this means you will continue using the strips as long as you are still under medication. The cost of medicines and the strips should be an amount that is affordable to you.
3.Battery life of the strips
A long battery life shows the efficiency of the glucose testing device. A good battery gives accurate results and chances of you getting faulty readings are less. Accurate glucose average readings will assist your physician to make proper decisions in case there is need to alter your prescription dosages.
4. Glucometer accuracy
Inaccurate readings happen for a variety of reasons, including human error. But such errors can usually be corrected without much effort. Go for a glucometer that gives readings in less than 5 seconds. The fastest a glucometer takes to give a value shows more accuracy of the glucometer.
5. Glucometer should be easy to use
Glucometers that require changing the codes each time you buy new strips can be confusing especially for the elderly. Glucometers that are code free come in handy in case you’re the type that doesn’t like complications. But this should not be the reason of you choosing a low-quality device if you are going for a code-free pack make sure it is of better quality.
The five above points will assist when choosing a glucometer, having your own glucometer at home is not illegal and could help in monitoring your glucose levels at home. This saves time and money instead of going to your local chemist or clinic for frequent checkups. All you need to understand is the ranges when the glucose is high or low. This can be explained to you by your local pharmacist or doctor