On top of diabetes

Published: 14 November, 2013 09:20 IST | The Guide Team |

On World Diabetes Day, The GUIDE doles out a few crucial and handy tips

How to buy a glucose meter?
While there are still doubts about the accuracy of blood glucose meters for home monitoring, it makes sense for diabetic patients to buy one, whether you are suffering from Diabetes Type 1 or 2. Unfortunately, there are no set rules or official gradings available as yet, to find the best glucose meter. But it’s advisable to go for meters which take lesser time to give results (ideally, 5 seconds), can be used in multiple places like arms, fingers, thighs etc, and have enough memory to store your test results.

You should look for glucose meters that come with additional lancets, which is used to poke the skin and test strips — which is where you drop the blood and ideally a few free strips, since they can cost up to `1,500 for a pack of 100, and forms the largest part of glucose monitoring expenses.

Recently, few companies like Bayer have launched glucose meters that can be connected to the computer to keep a record of your glucose level either using a cable or Wi-Fi.

Available at Healthkart.com, Amazon.in

Diabetes Tracker
Store your diabetes records on the phone, set alarms for meals, medicines, manage your expenses, and more with the Diabetes Tracker. The app, offers simple monitoring of your diabetes levels on your smartphone, and based on the levels suggests whether you need to have a meal, etc. It also comes with in-built images of yoga and other exercises and a few handy recipes that could be used.

Available Google Play store; Price Free

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