In the current global health scenario, Diabetes is on an alarming rise. Numerous diagnostic techniques, medications and dietary protocols are emerging day by day to keep Diabetes at the bay.
Glucometers have become one of the essentials for any person with Diabetes. They have reduced the time and money spent on lab visits and has helped us to monitor the sugar level at bedside in a routine manner.
Most of our readers ask us which glucometer is best and give accurate result ? So, we would like to present you the top Glucometers in the market based on their affordability, availability and accuracy.
Wal-Mart ReliOn Confirm
The Wal-Mart ReliOn is a very basic Glucose monitoring system with a reliable accuracy compared with other glucometers. The ReliOn Confirm just needs 3 volt coin cell battery and a blood sample of 0.3 microliters.
If you are looking for just basic reading on your glucose level without any additional features for a good affordable price, go for Wal-Mart ReliOn Confirm
It could be called as the boon to those who bargain. It costs only $14.98 and the test strips cost approximately $0.40 per strip. The lancets are also low priced.
Although few customers have complained about a higher reading, you can test the accuracy yourself by purchasing a control solution.
OneTouch Ultra 2
OneTouch Ultra 2 has got a good reputation for its reliability and accuracy which has made it one of the most commonly used Glucometer.
- The OneTouch Ultra2 Meter can be connected to your laptop with an USB and the One Touch Diabetes Management Software helps you with the test tracking and gives information about dietary management of Diabetes.
- The internal memory for storing 500 readings makes it easy to track the Diabetic control for over a period.
The only disadvantage is the coding, which means you have to enter the code on your test strip vial in the meter before testing. This method has been outdated now.
The advantages over ride the fairly high price of the test strips which amounts to $1.32 per strip.
If a few seconds delay doesn’t matter to you and all you need is a constant supply of test strip in your nearest pharmacy, One Touch Ultra 2 is your choice
OneTouch Verio IQ
OneTouch Verio IQ is an improvisation on OneTouch Ultra 2.
- In contrast to the dim display of One Touch Ultra 2, the large LED screen lights up on insertion of the test strip and makes it easy to read.
- It also has an indicator system that shows if your glucose level is above (red dot), below (blue dot) or within normal range (green dot).
- The OneTouch Verio IQ has an internal storage of 750 readings that makes it easy to study the trend and pattern of your diabetic status.
- The absence of coding system in The Verio IQ is a relief.
- While the lancets of other meters could be used in finger or palm, the lancets for Verio IQ could be used only on fingers and not anywhere else.
- The test strips are fairly expensive which could cost you couple of hundreds if you are not covered with insurance.
The meter comes with a rechargeable battery and an AC Adapter which justifies the cost. If cost doesn’t matter to you and accuracy is the only factor you are looking for, One Touch Verio IQ is the one for you.
Bayer contour Next
If you are newly diagnosed with Diabetes and has no experience in using a glucometer before, Contour Next is the one you should be looking for. The availability of test strips and accuracy of the reading are in par with the top glucometers.
- The special feature of this meter is the ‘Second – Chance’ technology which means, if the test strip did not receive the desired amount of blood, you need not discard the strip. You can just add extra blood to the same strip.
- As test strips are the major cost factor, this technology is a boon to the new users.
- Although the meter and test strip are not very low priced, they are fairly affordable.
- It helps to study the trend and pattern owing to its internal storage of 800 readings
Similar to the VERIO IQ, Contour Next has no alternate site lancets and
The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect
As the name suggests,The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect has a Bluetooth connection.
- It automatically send your data to your smartphone and you can constantly keep track of your patterns in the companion app.
- The internal storage of The Connect is 750 while unlimited reading can be stored in the Companion app.
- While the Aviva Accu Check test strips are fairly common in the market, they are compatible only with the Connect model.
- The test strips are one of the high priced in the market, on an average of $1.39 per strip.
If you are covered by insurance and savvy with smartphones, get The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect. It will definitely make your life easier.
The Nova Max Plus
The Nova Max Plus has all the features of an average glucometer.
- It has an additional facility to detect the amount of ketone in your body.
- Unlike other models, alternate test siting is possible and finger, palm and forearm could be used.
- While the The Nova Max Plus is in par with most of the glucometers in its cost of $19.99, the glucose test strips are very low priced $0.40 per strip. The ketone strip will run you $2 per strip and coding of strips is not necessary.
- The disadvantage of The Nova Max Plus is that the internal storage is not erasable, which means, once it runs out of storage space no more readings could be saved further.
- Also, there is no provision to transfer the data to a laptop.
Thus, if you are in need of checking your ketone status, be it due to your new diet regime or Diabetes, it is worth a try
Prodigy Autocode Talking Glucometer
The Prodigy Autocode Talking Glucometer fulfils the need of diabetic patients with visual impairments.
- This model is supreme to all other meter in its feature of audible reading of your glucose status.
- It has a wide range of alternative testing sites such as finger, palm, thigh, calf and forearm.
- The Prodigy Autocode Talking Glucometer is affordable at a cost of $12.59 and the test strips come in packs of 100 and 300 of an average $0.13 per strip.
Although it has a reliable accuracy, very few customers have felt that it shows higher readings (about 40 points) than their actual status
There are a lot of glucometers in the market and the above-mentioned glucometers are unique from others with respect to availability, affordability, accuracy and special features like Bluetooth technology, audible readings and glucose range indicator lights. So, choose according to your needs and have a healthy life
How To Use A Glucometer
- The glucometer kit consists of a meter, lancet, plunger and test strips
- Switch on the meter and insert the test strip to the meter
- Fit the lancet in the correct position in the plunger
- Wipe the site you are going to draw blood, with alcohol wipes
- Use the plunger to prick the site
- Wipe off the first drop of blood and squeeze out some more blood
- Place the drop in the test strip as mentioned in the directions and wait for your reading to appear on the screen
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