Glucose meters are adapting to suit the needs of diabetic patients, by introducing technological developments that integrate with smartphones, cost savings and devices complementing busy lifestyles.
Here are the top 5 glucose meters named by The Diabetes Council:
1. Accu-Chek Aviva Connect
The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect gets its name from the Bluetooth connection that syncs to the user’s smartphone. The Connect utilizes an app to keep track of both short-term and long-term readings on a person’s smartphone. The user can also view their trends via bar graphs and maps on the app. One disadvantage to this meter is that the test strips are one of the highest priced strips on the market. However, they are readily available in almost all drug stores and pharmacies.
2. OneTouch Ultra 2
The OneTouch Ultra 2 has the lowest co-pay on most health insurance plans. And if you have Traditional Medicare Part B this meter won’t cost you a penny. This glucometer is dated, meaning it still uses coding and does not have a high-contrast display. Coding means that the user has to enter the code on the side of the test strip vial before testing their blood.
3. OneTouch Verio
OneTouch Verio glucometer is excellent for those with sight issues. The large, backlit screen is very easy to read. The Verio uses ColorSure technology to effortlessly view a red dot, meaning your reading is above average, a green dot, showing your reading is within normal range, or a blue dot, indicating your blood glucose reading is below average. The screen on the monitor also tells you your averages over the past week, two weeks, and thirty days. The OneTouch Verio also holds up to 500 past test results in the device.
4. Walmart ReliON Confirm
If you’re looking for a bargain, try the Wal-Mart ReliOn Confirm. This meter is a good option for those without insurance, or who are pre-diabetic and do not have insurance coverage for diabetes meters or supplies. According to one user, this is a great option for those with diabetes of all ages, including children. One user that has type 1 diabetes and uses an insulin pump for glycemic control, this meter should definitely get more attention. While it’s a basic blood sugar system, it provides the same accuracy levels when compared to others, at a much lower and more affordable cost. For those without insurance coverage this might be the best option for you.
5. Abbot FreeStyle Lite
Are you a busy, on the go person? The FreeStyle Lite is for you. It’s one of the smallest units and weighs only 1.4 ounces with its one 3-volt coin-cell battery inside. It gives you the flexibility to test anytime and anywhere because it has a backlit display and port light for test strips. The blood sample is only 0.3 microliters, you can sample from your upper arm, fingertip, or palm. However, the fingertip provides the best results. Test strips are a little costlier for the FreeStyle lite. One benefit of the FreeStyle Lite is that their ZipWik tabs allows for faster and simpler blood collection. Users see results in 5 seconds. One user likes that the Free Style Lite glucose meter is easy to use and easy to read. A smidgeon of blood is all that is needed. Using this system is quick and painless as well as highly accurate!