New Choices in Blood Glucose Monitors
Keeping up with your blood sugar can be a hassle. Find the best monitor to fit your budget and lifestyle in our review.
When you're working to lose weight and have diabetes, blood glucose control is important to your success. Finding a blood glucose monitor that fits your needs may help.
While the $25 no-frills monitors do a competent job, the four models below are especially suited to people with diabetes with specific needs and preferences. Whether you want convenience or freedom from needles, there's a model just for you.
Talk to your doctor to find out which one is best for what you need.
Results in SecondsThe palm-sized LifeScan OneTouch Ultra 2 System ($65) yields results within five seconds using just a speck of blood from a finger or forearm. This makes it easy to monitor your blood sugar before, after or even during a workout.
No Finger SticksTo give your fingertips a break, choose one of the several monitors that offer alternate-site testing, which means getting a blood sample from the palm, forearm, thigh or calf. Just talk to your doctor about when and if you can use alternate-site samples.
- Accu-Chek Aviva ($25)
- The Sidekick from Home Diagnostics ($25)
- LifeScan OneTouch Ultra 2 (see above)
- Bayer Healthcare’s Ascensia Microlet Vaculance
Lancing Device ($18, shown at left)
All in OneRoche Diagnostics now offers a version of its Accu-Chek Compact Plus System ($20) which keeps everything you need—test strips and lancet—all in one place.
Continuous MonitorsThe DexCom STS Continuous Glucose Sensor ($950) regularly monitors levels without you having to do a thing. It does, however, involve having a small wirelike sensor inserted into your abdomen. It automatically takes a reading every five minutes for up to 72 hours. You can connect the device to your computer with a cable to download your blood sugar info for the past several days and nights
MedTronic’s MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Insulin Pump and Continuous Monitoring System continuously monitors your blood sugar and displays your blood sugar level. Web-based software allows you to graph your blood-sugar levels over days and weeks.
About the Writer
Brian Hickey is the managing editor of the Philadelphia City Paper and has written for Details, Men's Health and Philadelphia Magazine.
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