If you’re looking for a kit that has everything you need to accurately read your blood sugar levels, there are several brands of blood glucose monitors that will catch your fancy. So, the question is how do you choose the right one. And we will answer that by saying it depends. However, there are specific features you need to look out for when selecting your ideal device.
First, the accuracy of your monitor is crucial. Interestingly, there are no glucometer manufacturers that will state that their product isn’t accurate. But there is a way to measure the accuracy of your meter. This can be done by taking your device along with you when next you visit the lab for a glucose test. Use the meter to check your blood glucose shortly before your lab test then compare the result. For best results, you can tell the lab to process your blood sample within 30 minutes of the glucometer test.
Another important factor to look out for when selecting your blood glucose meter is convenience and ease of use. Generally, some meters are easy to use than others. When buying your device, you can check reviews online about this factor. If you’re buying in person, you can have a feel of the monitor and strips to see how comfortable it is to hold and use. You can also find out how much blood is required on the strip, if it’s a tiny drop then it will be a convenient option.
The storage size of the device is also important. Some meters allow you to easily retrieve readings from previous days while others enable you to share your information with your doctor in real-time via an app. The ease with which you can find your data typically goes a long way to foster the usability of your device.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the leading blood glucose monitor brands in the Nigerian market.
This glucose monitor from BG is one of the most accurate glucometers in the market. You can even double-check its accuracy when you visit the lab for blood glucose. Known for its large screen, quick-fill test strip, and integrity check, the BG Glucometer doesn’t just deliver correctly, it also displays your result fast within 5 seconds of dropping your blood on the strip.
The Accu Check Blood Glucose Monitor is a popular blood glucose monitor. Marketed by Roche, the monitor comes with 10 strips and it is also very convenient and easy to use with a storage capacity of 500 tests. The glucometer also features an infra-red port that allows you to download stored test results to a computer that has the Accu Chek Smart Pix diabetes management app.
3. On Call
On Call is a home blood glucose monitoring system that is easy and affordable to use. Once the sample is taken, this device can transmit the result within 10 seconds. The meter is also capable of storing up to 300 tests and you can view your blood glucose average over a period of 7, 14, or 30 days
4. Fine Test
The Fine Test Blood Glucose Monitor is another excellent blood glucose monitor. The device delivers fast results within 5 seconds of taking the sample and with as little as 0.5ul of blood sample. The meter also has an autocoding recognition system that allows for easy ejection of used test strips.
Choosing the right blood glucose monitor depends on your needs. If you are looking for budget-friendly, you may have to compromise on certain features. However, the accuracy of your monitor is one feature you should never ignore. You can check online reviews about any of these products to aid you in making the right choice.