Glucose Test Meters
Dozens of meters to choose from
When it comes to testing your blood sugar you will soon find that there is no shortage of different brands and models of glucose meters to choose from. Choose your meter carefully because the cost of using them varies greatly.
Meters are cheap strips are not
Most glucose meters are fairly inexpensive in fact sometimes you can get the meter for free. I received three or four meters free of charge. The real cost is for the test strips that they use. The cost of these strips vary widely as does the insurance coverage for them.
Some meters to check out
I have used several different brands of meters, and most are pretty similar. They all do the same job after all. Yes some will store more readings than others and calculate more averages but that is about it. There are a few exceptions such as the Bayer Ascensia Breeze 2 Meter This meter uses a disk that holds 10 test strips. You simply open the back of the meter and load the disk. The disks used to be quite expensive, but now you can get them for less than $25 for 100 test strips 10 disks.
Another inexpensive option is the Relion Prime meter which costs about $18. The Relion Prime Test Strips are about 28 cents a test. I used this meter for a few months, and was satisfied with the accuracy and reliability of this meter even though it does not have a lot of bells and whistles.
I am always on the lookout for reliable accurate meters that use inexpensive test strips. One day I was browsing the web when I found a comparison page for different glucose meters. I was familiar with most of them, but there was a meter that was made by McKESSON the TRUEResult Glucose Meter which ranked high on accuracy. I was surprised to learn that this meter which is sold at Walgreens stores for about $18 and strips for $80 a hundred can be purchased online for about $30 for 200 TRUEtest Test Strips and a little over $7 for the meter. Thet adds up to significant cost savings over time when you test as often as I do.
The final type of glucose test is the hemoglobin A1c test. There are three methods of getting this test, the first is at your doctors office. The second way is the mail in test Best Home A1c Diabetes Test). With this test you place a few drops of blood on a test area and send it to a lab. You get the results in about a week. This is the least expensive method. The third method is using the A1C NOW SELF CHECK 2 TEST meter. I have used the first two methods, and plan on using the third soon.
Some doctors and most insurance companies think that you only need this test every six months. I think that this test is useful to gauge your overall diabetes control. I therefore get this test monthly.
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