5 Helpful Facts About State-of-the-Art Glucometers

Dealing with diabetes can be a challenge, but it does not have to mean that your life is any less rich. In fact, with some smart monitoring and basic care, this disease doesn’t even have to be that much of an inconvenience.

Other than just keeping an eye on diet and exercise, glucometers can be very useful tools in helping to keep diabetes under control. Here are five helpful facts about these products and how they can make it easier for those suffering with this disease.

1) There Are Typically Three Different Components to Each of These Devices.

Most state-of-the-art apparatuses for diabetes management contain three different parts in order to function optimally: the receiver, the sensor and the transmitter. Combined together, this trio of components can read, relay and synthesize data about your blood sugar and how to keep it in a healthy range.

2) The Sensor is Virtually Painless and Can Be Worn for Extended Periods of Time.

While in the past, many glucose-reading implements might have been bulky or painful, this is no longer the case most of the time

You can get a sensor that is very small and flexible for easy insertion. What’s more, it only goes just beneath the skin, so it isn’t very painful or traumatic to use. An adhesive patch holds it in place, and it is very sensitive to give a super-accurate reading. Best of all, you can usually wear it for up to seven days straight.

3) The Transmitters Are Efficient and Discreet to Wear.

You can have information about the state of your body sent from the sensor to the receiver every five minutes via the transmitter. This aspect of the glucose meter is a small pod (about the size of a quarter), which makes it both discreet and convenient to wear. Since the product typically is wireless and water resistant, it can be worn in a variety of environments. What’s more, there is no need to recharge or purchase new batteries because they are built right in.

 

4) The Receiver Can Help You Learn About How to Help Your Body Function Optimally.

A wireless glucometer will also have a receiver, which is important in that it can provide you with readouts in an organized manner that will teach you more about blood sugar trends in your body. You can learn, via simple screen displays with charts, when your glucose is highest and lowest throughout your day, as well as where it currently is and whether it is going up or down. There is also an alarm that activates if you are dangerously low, sugar-wise. This cell phone-sized device is small enough to be put in a pocket, purse or to be clipped onto a belt.

 

5) Owning These Devices Can Help Wearers Be Responsible About Health Without Disrupting Their Lives.

Having a product that keeps constant track of your levels means that you don’t have to take as much time out of your own busy day to do so. It’s an easy way to maintain your health responsibly.

Ellie has been managing her diabetes for many years, with the help of devices such as the ones described here from dexcom.com. She hopes such options will help other people living with this disease to have more control over their illness and live fuller lives.

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