How To Know When It’s Time For A New Glucose Meter
Many glucose meters can last more than 10 years and still function normally. If you’ve had your glucose meter for a while, you may be wondering when you should consider replacing it. The key to knowing when it’s time for new equipment primarily lies with the accuracy of your machine. Even so, you may still want to consider investing in a new meter in order to take advantage of improved technology.
In order to test the accuracy of your meter, you’ll need to use the glucose control solution that is designed for your machine. You should test your machine’s accuracy each time you open a new bottle of test strips in order to ensure you continue to get valid results. If your machine has some age on it, it could be a good idea to check periodically between vials as well.
If you are required to test your blood sugar multiple times daily, you may want to consider one of the newer models that will allow you to reapply blood onto the same test strip whenever it does not contain enough. The ability to do this could essentially save you a great deal of money on test strips over the long haul.
If you’ve recently experienced changes in the way your blood sugar fluctuates, your physician may have asked you to keep a log of your readings. Some of the information you may need to record include the time of day and whether the test was conducted before or after a meal. A newer machine that is capable of storing this data could be very helpful when it comes to discussing changes in your diet or medication with your doctor.
Impaired vision is unfortunately a side effect of diabetes. If you’ve suffered from a loss in vision, you may want to consider a glucose meter than reads your results aloud. One of these models can also give you low battery alerts and error messages out loud, so you do not have to worry about reading the controls to find out this information.
In many cases, your insurance company may pay for a new glucose meter every few years. If you qualify for one, you can greatly benefit from the advances in technology that have taken place since you last obtained a meter. To find the model that’s right for you, contact us today.