Glucose Meter and Diabetes Management
One of the great things about the Internet is that it’s created a global community for discussions of topics
such as diabetes. You’ll find there are a number of forums that will allow you to talk to others facing your
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with diabetes, one of your first steps will likely be to find a
glucometer. There are some things to keep in mind as you make your decision because this piece of equipment is
likely to be part of your life for the foreseeable future.
A glucometer (or glucose meter) is a medical device for determining the approximate amount of glucose in a drop
of blood obtained by pricking the skin with a lancet. Glucometers are portable and designed for use by ordinary
people, especially those with diabetes.
There are now dozens of models of glucometers. Typical features common to most. The average size is now
approximately the size of the palm of the hand, though some are smaller or a bit larger. They are battery-powered.
A consumable element containing chemicals which react with glucose in the drop of blood is used for each
measurement. For most models this element is a plastic test strip with a small spot impregnated with glucose
oxidase and other components. Each strip can only be used once and is then discarded.
Cost is a major issue for most people, but there’s good news if you have any kind of medical insurance. A
glucometer is typically considered to be a vital part of medical treatment and insurance companies often pay for a
portion or the entire cost of the meter. At the same time, there is sometimes a limit on the amount the insurance
company will pay, and that may severely limit your options.
While cost is naturally important, remember that you’re going to be living this life from now on. Finding a
cheaper glucometer that requires a more serious stick for blood may seem like the best option when you’re writing
the check for the meter, but the tedium of the daily stick may negate that cost in the long run.
There are some companies out there that help with the cost of a glucose meter if you meet specific income
guidelines. This may be a good answer if your quandary about which meter to buy is purely based on financial
restraints. Remember that Medicare often pays on this important testing equipment as well. Your doctor,
druggist or representative of a local medical supply company may also be good sources of information about how to
find the best deals and how to get help paying for a glucose meter.
Finding a very inexpensive glucometer may be the best answer to this situation. If the meter is accurate, it
will get you through the initial period of adjusting your life to the regular testing of your blood sugar. Then
take time to do some research into what’s hot and what’s not in glucose meters. You’ll find that some make
absolutely ridiculous claims and you may have to ask some questions to find those companies that produce the
glucose meter that will work best for you and your lifestyle.