What Blood Glucose Meters Are Available?

Lori Berard, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, discusses what glucose monitors are available.

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Lori Berard, RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, discusses what glucose monitors are available.
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Featuring Lori Berard, RN, CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator)

Duration: 1 minute, 28 seconds

There are several different blood glucose meters available on the market.  

All of them have a very basic level of monitoring blood sugars: you stick in a test strip, you put a drop of blood on it, you get a number.

Many tools have been developed by several of the companies that can aid in diabetes management or pattern management or helping you understand your insulin dose. Those are the standard types of tools that people with diabetes use; they’re available at local pharmacies.

Sometimes when people are having bigger challenges in terms of managing their blood glucose, or perhaps if they’re wearing an insulin pump, they may go to a bit more sophisticated system, which is a continuous glucose monitoring system. 

And there are a couple of those available, and what that will do is, a small sensor is placed under your skin and it tests your blood sugar about every five minutes for 24 hours. And you can typically wear those for between four to six days.

Sometimes you can read the results, but often it’s a device that’s taken in and downloaded for your healthcare professional to help you look at the highs and lows that you’re having throughout the day. 

What’s important for you to remember is putting all the pieces together. So if you’re using blood glucose monitoring and you write that down, write down food, write down activity, write down medications, and write down illness or stress. 

Bring that to your healthcare professional when you’re trying to understand how your diabetes is being controlled, and that will be very helpful for everybody involved.

Presenter: Lori Berard, Nurse, Winnipeg, MB

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This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.