Blood Sugar Monitors

One of the most important health conditions that an individual needs to take note of is his blood sugar. When a person has problems with his blood sugar – either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia – he needs to always be updated with the current state of his blood sugar. You don’t have to wait for the attack to come before you take medications or call your doctor. Once your blood sugar reading comes out as alarming, you have to move fast and solve the problem yourself.

The best way for you to be able to take note of your blood sugar is by using a blood sugar monitor. As technology developed, these devices have become more accurate, easier to use, and handy. There are hundreds of different models of blood sugar monitors that you can buy in different medical stores and shops, but there are some things that you have to know first about this device.

Blood sugar monitors are used to read the level of sugar in the blood so that you can be informed whether it’s too high or too low. Depending on your disease, you need to have a particular range of numbers wherein your blood sugar level should lie, and any other measure apart from that normal range can be considered detrimental to your health. It’s very easy to use a blood sugar monitor even without anyone assisting you, but it can be quite a thrill for those who are afraid of needles or afraid of blood.

There are some important things that you should take note of before buying a blood sugar monitor. First is the cost. There are monitors which are as cheap as $20 and as expensive as $200, but the monitor isn’t the main object of concern. Even cheap monitors can be very accurate. The cost that you should be worried about is the cost of the strips. Blood glucose testing strips are very expensive because the technology of the monitor lies within the strip. These strips aren’t just any kind of objects – they have internal systems which allow monitors to read even a very tiny drop of blood. Some strips can be as expensive as $1 or more each, and if you’re required to take tests every several hours or so, you might end up spending more than $5 a day or $150 a month. Luckily, most high-tech and well-known monitors don’t sell their monitors or their strips for very high prices. It’s also good to select monitors which have known brand names because the accuracy of these devices is mostly reliable.

It’s very easy to use a blood sugar monitor. The basic materials that you need to have are the monitor, test strips, piercing lancet, and alcohol swabs. First, you need to prepare your materials. Get a test strip and insert it in the monitor to activate the device. If a code is needed, input the code of the test strip on the monitor. Get a new needle and insert it in the lancet. Remove the cover of the needle and replace the lancet cap. The depth of the needle can be adjusted by rotating the numerical adjuster on the lancet. Swab your finger with an alcohol swab and position the lancet on the tip of your finger. Push the trigger to pierce your finger and squeeze your finger to make the blood come out. Put some of your blood on the tip of the test strip. After several seconds, the monitor will show a reading of your blood sugar. You can record your reading or if your monitor has its memory, you can download the data from the monitor into your computer.

Blood sugar monitors are very simple and easy to use, and they are also very good devices for maintaining your blood sugar and updating your doctor with your current blood sugar condition.