Diabetes is a health condition in which the levels of blood glucose or blood sugar are too high. It is a lifelong condition and because of this you need to keep your blood glucose under control to avoid incurring serious health problems in the future. Therefore, it is very important to fully understand how to buy and use diabetic testing supplies as well as diabetes medication.
Diabetes testing supplies include blood glucose (sugar) testing monitors or meters, blood sugar test strips, lancet devices, and individual lancets.
Let’s take look at tips of finding the best diabetic testing supplies.
Ask Your Doctor
Before making any decisions on which diabetic supplies you want to buy, it is important you consult your doctor. Let your doctor suggest specific testing supplies that will work perfectly with your condition. Doctors or nurses have the knowledge and experience of an array of different testing supplies and they can guide you in the right direction.
Let’s say you want to buy a glucose meter for instance, one of the things you’ll need to know is whether the device can store your readings. Keeping a record of your blood glucose numbers is important since tracking these numbers is vital to long-term care. For patients who have a hard time keeping track of their numbers, they should look for meters with memory options. There are meters that are capable of creating logs that can be retrieved at a later time. Also, some can create downloadable files which can be synced with your computer and can then be emailed to your doctor. It is also necessary to check if meter’s date and time are accurate.
Depending on your physical condition, it is important you know if you require testing supplies with special features. If you will be carrying the device with you while on the go, then one that suits this requirement should be chosen. Holding small models may be hard for some people, hence they may prefer to choose a larger version. For people with impaired vision, a testing supply (meter) that has an audio capability and an easy-to-read screen are preferred. Also, for children, there are colourful options. Other special features include the amount of storage, handling capabilities, and backlight screens which enable you to read easily in low light or at night.
If you are considering buying a glucose meter, you should think about how easy it is to maintain and clean the meter. Also, you need to know if the meter is quick and easy to calibrate when you get new strips, or indeed whether it even needs calibration or not.
What Your Insurance Covers
Insurance companies will have a list of pre-approved testing supplies that it covers. It is also important you find out if and how your insurance will cover you for the cost of testing strips and other supplies.
If you are suffering from diabetes you will know how important it is to regularly and accurately check your blood glucose level by using testing supplies (meter). For any help, you should always ask your doctor.