Blood sugar meter kits and strips
With a dozen diabetes tools out there, how do you know what’s right and best for you? In an article by Linda Wahowiak in Diabetes Forecast, she surveyed some of her friends in the diabetes community who told her what features or devices they liked and why.
Some of Wahowiak’s friends looked for affordable strips, fewer wasted strips, and data syncing. For people on intensive insulin therapy, they preferred pumps than multiple daily injections. They also looked for convenience and flexibility, precision dosing, tubeless freedom, combination of pumping and monitoring, and healthy outcomes. They also preferred meters with sample strips.
Depending on your needs and preference, you can choose among these recommended glucose meter kits and strips available in the market today:
- Bayer’s Contour Next EZ Meter
Users like this meter because it requires less blood with type 2 diabetes and shallower finger sticks. It’s easy to use with simple on-screen messages that has been shown to deliver proven accuracy with plain language instructions which can be set to English or Spanish plus 12 other languages.
Contour Next EZ meter brings next-generation accuracy. This powerful meter and strip combination uses innovative technology, giving you results that are even closer to those obtained in a laboratory. The Contour Next EZ system is especially accurate in low ranges which are important to help you identify and act when you have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Available at www.lazada.com.ph
- Sannuo’s Blood Glucose Meter
It is an electronic digital handheld blood glucose diabetes test monitor kit health care item. Test sample is capillary whole blood with 3 uL sample size. Measuring range is 2.2-27.8 mmol/L with measuring time of 24 seconds. Memory capacity is 220 test results with time and date. Average display is 7-, 14-, 21-, 28-day average with 2 x AAA batteries (not included).
Available at www.lazada.com.ph
- OneTouch® SureStep™ Blood Glucose Monitoring System
Easy to handle and easy to read, this meter features a big screen, a big button, and a big test strip. This meter is engineered for accuracy and precision even at low blood glucose levels, and to avoid interference by other substances. It is used in hospitals and by healthcare professionals for reliable results in treating patients.
It is designed for effective infection control. Off-meter sample application is possible since the glucose concentration is determined by the amount of color formed at the end of the reaction. Blood is retained and not transferred to other surfaces, thereby reducing the potential for contamination.
Available at www.onetouchasia.com and Johnson&Johnshon Medical
- GluNeo Lite Glucose Meter
It is a blood glucose monitoring system for self-testing with auto-coding and strip ejector function. It has full automatic coding, 0.5 uL small-blood volume, 365 data memory with date and time, automatic power on and start, enhanced data management with PC communication, accurate test results in five seconds.
It contains one GluNEO lite meter, 10 GluNEO lite test strips, one carrying case, one warranty card, 10 lancets, one instruction for use, one lancing device, and one logbook.
Available at www.thediabetesstore.com.ph
- Roche’s Accu-Chek Active BGM Plus
It offers a complete range of advanced solutions and services for the management of diabetes. It includes the meter, lancing device, lancets, and free 25 strips.
The meter is easy-to-learn and easy-to-use with intuitive icons and simple two-button navigation. The large display and numbers make it a smart choice with fast and accurate results. The meter requires no more than 5 seconds to measure and deliver results that correlate with a lab test. Pre-meal and post-meal flagging of glucose levels make it easy to differentiate from other results; 7-, 14-, 30- and 90-day test averages allow evaluation of your blood glucose control at a glance.
Under-dose detection signals when there is not enough blood on the test strip. Its strip expiry warning alerts you when new strips are required. Visual back-up provides a second confirmation of the device reading – for less strip waste. Out-of-meter dosing makes it possible to measure outside the meter (e.g. on arm).
Available at Mercury, Watson’s, and leading drugstores nationwide
In order to get your money’s worth, do your research before buying, or if in doubt, or better ask recommendations from your family, relatives, and friends, and always, always consult your doctor. Remember, just because something is expensive doesn’t automatically make it quality and reliable.