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Blood glucose meter: How to choose
Advances in monitoring tools
Although finger pricks remain the gold standard for blood sugar monitoring, researchers are developing products designed to take the "ouch" out of the process. You might ask your doctor about these alternatives.
|Device||How it works||Considerations|
|Alternative site monitor||Allows blood samples from areas likely to be less painful than your finger, such as your arm, abdomen or thigh||Not as accurate as fingertip samples when blood sugar level is rising or falling quickly|
|Continuous glucose testing||Uses a sensor placed under skin to measure blood sugar level; transmits each reading to a small recording device worn on your body; sounds an alarm if blood sugar level becomes too low or too high||Expensive; requires sensor to be replaced every three to seven days depending on the brand; must check blood sugar level with a traditional monitor when dosing for insulin or treating low blood sugar to confirm readings|
Infrared, laser light and electric current technologies are among a few of the possible offerings on the horizon for noninvasive methods of checking blood sugar levels. However, none have been approved yet in the U.S.
If you've looked at the costs, features and other considerations and are still unsure which blood glucose meter to buy, ask your doctor or diabetes educator for a recommendation. He or she can help you sort out the pros and cons and can answer questions about available models.Previous page
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