People with diabetes or who have just been diagnosed with diabetes have to go some changes in there lives.
Your daily habits like the food you eat and your daily exercise regimen will have to change to keep your glucose levels under check. Proper care has to be taken, when you are diagnosed with diabetes to ensure you do not run into problems later on.
Fortunately there is an easy way to keep you glucose levels my using a blood glucose meter. Your meter will be the one which will help you control your sugar levels and in turn control your diet. A diabetic can eventually lead a healthy life with the help of these meters.
There are some things you need to look for when choosing the right glucose meter for yourself. Mentioned below are some of the points:
#1 - Blood glucose meters require less than 1/ml or less of blood to perform the tests. Some meters require extremely small amounts for these tests and are highly accurate.
#2 - The time required to give you the results can also be a defining factor in buying your meter. The normal time take by most monitors is usually less than 10 sec's but some of them can do it in 3 sec's also.
#3 - The number of options you have in your meter can also help you decide whether you want those extra features or no. Here are the some of the extra bonus features you may get with some meters:
-Information on levels based on the food you have taken
-Full analysis of current and past data through your computer
-Or just simple over-the-shelf computers, which provide a simple reading.
As your insurance may cover the cost of the meter, it is basically up to you to decide on the type of meter you would like. In the end remember, whatever choice you make remember to visit your doctor often with the test results your blood glucose meter gives you, to ensure the best treatment.
Quick Tip #1
Recent research has suggested that caffeine may be responsible of elevating blood sugar levels, especially after meals. Please consult your doctor on what you can have and what you cannot.
Quick Tip #2
People who have type 2 diabetes should get involved in an exercise regimen. Exercising has also been know to help diabetic patients get rid of there medications.