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.
Here are a list of suppliers:
|Accu-Chek||Roche Diabetes Care|
|BGStar, My Star Extra||Sanofi|
|CareSens, Tee2||Spirit Healthcare|
|Contour||Bayer Diabetes Care|
|FreeStyle||Abbott Diabetes Care|
|GlucoRx Nexus||GlucoRx Ltd|
|Mendor Discreet||Mendor Ltd|
|Omnitest 3||B Braun|
|TRUEyou, TRUEresult||Nipro Diagnostics|
|WaveSense||AgaMatrix Europe Ltd|