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Glucose Meters

Glucose is a simple sugar that is made by your body from the foods you eat, is the main source of energy in your body, and directly affects your body's ability to carry oxygen to the brain and vital organs. Normally, the body regulates the amount of glucose in the body. Diabetics' bodies cannot regulate this properly, and so most use insulin injections and altered eating patterns to achieve the same effect. Glucose meters help diabetics manage this balance better by measuring their current level of glucose.

Features of Glucose Meters

Portable, battery-powered glucose meters allow diabetics to monitor their glucose level anywhere. The units are less-intrusive than older devices, and they use as little as one drop of blood from your fingertip; the blood is placed on a test strip that chemically reacts to measure the amount of glucose.

Meters vary in price and features. Consider these qualities when buying a glucose meter:

  • Amount of blood needed for testing
  • Speed of giving test results
  • Overall size and weight
  • Ability to store test results for trend tracking
  • Cost and convenience of the test strips used

Glucose meters are available over-the-counter (without a prescription), but each diabetic should discuss the proper use (how, when, etc.) of a meter with their doctor.

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