What Is a Blood Glucose Monitor?
If you are living with diabetes, you must measure your blood glucose level daily. To do so, you probably use a glucose meter, an electronic device that analyses a small blood sample on a test strip. The number that appears on the monitor’s screen is the level of glucose in your blood, which is measured in millimoles per litre (mmol/L). Some monitors do not use numbers and will instead use the words "Low" or "Hi," meaning that your blood glucose is either too low (less than 1.1) or too high (over 33.3). If your result doesn’t match how you’re feeling, you should check your technique and retest. If the "low" repeats, you should call your healthcare provider.
Glucose meters have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1980’s. The first monitors on the market used to require many steps and took much longer to get a result. Over the last 30 years, they’ve improved in speed, size, features and cost. Today, the BGStar blood glucose monitor has a large backlit display and the iBGStar connects to your iPhone or iPod Touch. In addition, the amount of blood required and the size of the poking device and needle have gotten much smaller.
A Decision-Making Tool
The idea of checking your blood glucose by poking your finger and putting blood on test strips multiple times a day might seem unpleasant. However, with the proper technique, poking your finger should not hurt and remember that it’s important to always keep the big picture in mind.
Checking your blood glucose provides information that could help you and your healthcare team monitor and manage your diabetes to give you the best care possible. By checking your blood glucose, you can know what effects food, exercise, illness, and other factors have on YOUR blood glucose readings. Checking your blood glucose actually puts you in charge of your diabetes – over time you’ll be able to know what your numbers mean and what you can change to keep them in check. For personalized information on blood glucose management and diabetes, visit the STARsystem website.