Blood glucose meters
A blood glucose meter is a small medical device that checks the amount of glucose in your blood
To use the meter a user would prick their finger to release a small amount of blood. This blood is then placed on a test strip and is read by the meter. If you have type 1 diabetes, you’ll probably check your blood glucose at least six times a day, though it is not uncommon for people to check much more than this.
What type of blood glucose meters are there?
There is a huge range of meters on the market, with over forty meters currently available in the UK. They usually have some common components – a lancet to prick the finger; a digital display, and a place to insert the strip.
Some modern meters include features like calculators to help you work out insulin to carbohydrate ratios; a USB connection so that you can read results on a computer; and lights so that they can be used in the dark. There are also ‘strip free’ meters, whereby 50 tests are stored on a rotating cassette.
How do I choose one?
Be sure to research the different types of meter and ask your healthcare professionals about the different features that might benefit you.
Current suppliers are:
Brand names and manufacturers
- Accu-Chek by Roche Diabetes Care
- BGStar, My Star Extra by Sanofi
- CareSens, Tee2 by Spirit Healthcare
- Contour by Bayer Diabetes Care
- FreeStyle by Abbott Diabetes Care
- GlucoMen by Menarini Diagnostics
- GlucoRxNexus by GlucoRx Ltd
- IME-DC by Artic Medical
- Mendor Discreet by Mendor Ltd
- Mylife by Ypsomed Ltd
- Omnitest 3 by B Braun
- OneTouch Verio by LifeScan
- TRUEyou, TRUEresult by Nipro Diagnostics
- WaveSense by AgaMatrix Europe Ltd