It is not disputable that the use of blood glucose monitors has made the world of a diabetic and that of his or her doctor’s life much easier. Previously the only way used to determine glucose levels in the blood was by making use of urine testing. With the arrival of blood glucose monitors, the use of urine testing for blood sugar levels are considered unreliable and old-fashioned.
The only other alternative and most reliable and accurate way to test blood glucose levels are with a blood glucose monitor. However, with it being such a popular device, you will find hundreds of different kinds to choose from. Before you purchase one, there are some factors that you need to consider:
Although most of the times, medical insurance covers the cost for these types of devices, you need to clarify their reimbursement to you before you buy. The majority of health care insurance providers have an arrangement with specific suppliers for a specified monitor. In events like these, the insurance will only pay for those specified models and makes. It is always good to discuss your intention and choices with your doctor or health care professional first.
You may find a reasonably cheap monitor and are impressed with the elaborated features it may provide, but once you make some enquiries about the cost of the test strips or control solutions you will find that the cost of these items will end up being more expensive than the monitor itself is! It is preferably a good idea to do some price comparisons on the accessories first before you decide on what monitor you would like to buy.
Some monitors are easier to use than others are. Familiarise yourself with the requirements of several monitors before you make a final choice. The best indication will be to converse with other diabetics to find out what they would suggest and recommend.