Health management is a big topic these days as medical costs are skyrocketing, people are trying to stay in the best shape to avoid big medical costs. However, after an age or because of certain problems, some things are inevitable, such as high blood sugar levels. People with diabetes are quite common these days and they need to control what they eat and how much glucose they take in. If the blood sugar level shoots up, it can cause serious problems such as kidney failure, eye damage, nerve damage, stroke, etc. It is therefore important to ensure that blood sugar levels are always controlled and below a certain level. And this can be monitored regularly with a glucometer.
What is a glucometer?
Glucometers are small and handy devices used to detect blood sugar levels in the blood. This is done by drawing some blood from the finger by pricking with a small pin. Then the blood is applied to the glucometer strip, which contains a certain amount of chemicals. The chemicals then react with blood and send electrical signals through the sample to detect the sugar levels. Finally, the numerical data about the blood sugar is displayed on the LCD screen of the glucometer.
Features of glucometer
A good glucometer is simple to use and easy to understand. Since most glucometers are intended for self-care, the devices are designed with fewer but effective functions. When it comes to digital glucometers, there are simple ones that only combine an LCD screen, a power source such as battery and internal memory. High-end devices also feature Bluetooth technology and connectivity to smartphone apps. Also in some advanced models there is a voice technology that will tell the exact readout.
Aside from all these features, the two main components of a glucometer are the lancet and blood sugar testing strips. Needles are spring-loaded and different size sizes (smaller size means larger hole size). And the next is the test strip that plays the most crucial role in giving the exact test results. These strips are soaked up with chemicals that help detect the sugar level. These are single use strips and you will have to buy them considering how many times the test is needed.
Importance of self-monitoring of glucose levels
Self-control is one of the most important parts of managing a person’s diabetes. Not only does it help keep blood sugar in check, but it also helps adjust one’s diabetic regimen. This gives you time to take the right medications and treatments and also brings more awareness of your self health to avoid loss of treatment window.
Some of the benefits of using a self-monitoring glucometer include:
It provides insight into whether the drugs are working or not.
You can learn about the foods to be monitored and follow a proper diet.
It helps determine your day and various tasks.
It makes a patient anxiety free who continues to worry about hypoglycemia.