It is very important for persons with diabetes to monitor their glucose levels. One way of doing this is by blood glucose monitoring. This is done by piercing the finger and letting out a small amount of blood. The blood is then applied to a disposable test strip that is chemically active. The test strip with the blood on it is then placed inside a monitoring device which measures the electrical characteristics of the blood. Glucose levels are determined through the blood's electrical characteristics.
There are different ways to monitor your glucose level. One is by using blood glucose meters, one such device is the Accu Check Compact Plus. To use this, a small amount of blood should be placed on the glucose test strip and placed inside a digital meter. In just a few seconds, the digital display will show the result. Needing only a small amount of blood, glucose meters are less painful than any other method of testing, making it easier for diabetics to comply. Glucose meters also have evolved and there are now alternate sites to get blood. The palm or forearm are considered alternate site because blood can also be drawn here. These alternate sites are less painful than the fingers. The only disadvantage to these alternate sites is that they provide less blood flow than the fingers. Some meters are either computerized or can be connected to a computer. This allows results to be downloaded by the physician making it even easier to monitor blood glucose levels. Some are also multi-test system, meaning they can be used without loading individual strips to the machine because they use cartridges or a disk containing many test strips.
To those who need to monitor the blood glucose level every few minutes, a continuous blood glucose monitor should be used. This type of system has several parts. The disposable glucose sensor is worn and replaced every few days. This is implanted just under the skin. A transmitter then communicates information to a radio receiver that looks like a pager. The transmitter and radio receiver are not implanted to the skin. The radio receiver then injects insulin whenever needed. Persons with Type 2 diabetes usually wear this because it is very important for them to monitor glucose levels especially during strenuous activities. Some monitors have built in alarms to alert the user if glucose levels are very high or very low.
Monitoring blood glucose is very important for persons who have diabetes. Choose a monitor that fits your needs and lifestyle.