For a person living with diabetes, having a blood glucose meter is essential to manage ones condition. Blood glucose levels can be affected by a number of factors, including exercise, food, medications, and stress. The meter works by inserting a test strip in the device. One then pricks a finger to draw a drop of blood which is placed on the test strip. The meter then displays the blood glucose level on a screen.

The Mayo Clinic notes that there are a number of models for meters are available for a wide range of prices. One should consider the following factors when choosing one. First one should make sure ones insurance covers the particular blood glucose meter one desires. Some companies limit their coverage only to specific models. Cost is also a factor, which means not only that of the meter but the test strips as well. It does no good to get a cheaper model if the test strips that go with it are pricey. One has to ask oneself how easy it is to use and maintain the blood glucose meter. Can it be handled well? Is the display easy to read? Is it easy to put a drop of blood on the test strip? Does the meter need calibrating? These and other questions need answering when one is choosing a model. One should also research special features such as displays that can be read by people with low vision. Some store readings over time and can transmit them to ones smart phone and to ones doctor. Finally one has to ascertain what kind of support the manufacturer offers, including a toll free number and a website with instructions on how the device is used