What is a blood glucose monitor?
A blood glucose monitor is a device that allows you to measure the glucose levels within your blood. You can do this by pricking your finger and putting the blood onto a test strip that is connected to the blood glucose monitor. The blood glucose monitor then gives you a reading.
How does it help me manage my diabetes?
One of the main aims of diabetes treatment is to keep blood glucose levels within a specified target range. The key is balancing your food with your activity, lifestyle and diabetes medicines. Blood glucose monitoring can help you understand the link between blood glucose, food, exercise and insulin.
Over time your readings will provide you, and your health professionals, with the information required to determine the best management strategy for your diabetes. Maintaining good blood glucose control is your best defence to reduce the chances of developing complications from diabetes.
Self-blood glucose monitoring allows you to check your blood glucose levels as often as you need to or as recommended by your doctor or Credentialled Diabetes Educator.
The data from the blood glucose monitor is often stored on an online software platform so that you can share this information with your care network.
What devices are available to me?
Blood glucose meters are usually sold as kits, including a monitor, a lancet device and test strips, giving you all the equipment you need to start. There are many different types, offering different features and at different prices to meet individual needs. Most of these are available from pharmacies and some diabetes centres.
Your doctor or Credentialled Diabetes Educator can help you choose the monitor that’s best for you, and your Credentialled Diabetes Educator or pharmacist can show you how to use your monitor to get accurate results.