“It’s a great idea to use technology to create options that help people who need to test
their blood sugars,” said Debbie Pauls, RN, BSN, CDE, manager of Diabetes Education
at Good Sam.
“Making testing easier with improved meters, and having programs that can help patients identify their patterns and give them ideas on things to change, is definitely a step up in blood sugar monitoring.”
Here is a look at three glucose meters that have recently come to market:
The iBGStar is the first blood glucose meter that can be used on its own, or
connected directly to an iPhone or iPod Touch to display, manage and communicate
your diabetes information to your providers or others. The meter display has a variety
of symbols and animations that help you understand what is happening and what to
do next when checking your blood sugar. The meter uses BGStar (no code) test strips
with a sample size of 0.5 microliters of blood and test time averages six seconds.
The meter is available through participating pharmacies and at Apple stores.
The Lifescan VerioIQ has been touted as a “smart” glucose meter in that it
automatically alerts you to glucose patterns you may not be aware of. Pattern
management is a key practice that helps people living with diabetes — especially
those taking insulin — identify these trouble spots, interpret, and act on high and
low blood glucose patterns to make more informed adjustments and achieve better
control. The Verio IQ is the first meter with Pattern Alert™ Technology that looks for
patterns of highs and lows and provides alerts right on screen, in real time.
ACCU-CHEK Nano SmartView
The ACCU-CHEK Nano SmartView blood glucose monitoring system offers a small,
sleek and discreet design with easy-to-use operating buttons on top of the meter. It is
the first single-strip no-code meter in the ACCU-CHEK product family. This means it
does not require any coding previously needed to calibrate the meter to the respective
test strips and will use the maltose-independent ACCU-CHEK SmartView test strips.
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