There are plenty ofthat can help you monitor your health and your blood sugar is one of them. Diabetics know that maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is critical to their health, but anyone can benefit from controlling their blood sugar levels. But to do that, you need a good blood sugar meter to help you keep up.
There are tons of options on the market when it comes to glucometers – some are very simple and only tell you how high your sugar is, but some offer additional features, such as Bluetooth capability to connect to your phone. No matter what features you want, it's important to find a monitor that works for you so that you actually use it.
Below, I interviewed two doctors to understand what to look for when shopping for a glucometer. The five blood sugar meters below have been compiled based on the doctor's choice and are taken from bestseller lists and top reviews online.
Dr. Josh Emdur, medical director of SteadyMD, recommends the Dexcom G6 for type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients. "I find continuous glucose monitoring a valuable tool in treating both type 1 and 2 diabetes," says Dr. Emdur. "CGM data provides actionable insights to help patients track their glycemic response to food choices and activity levels."
The Dexcom G6 is similar to the Freestyle Libre in that it continuously monitors blood sugar levels through a small sensor inserted into the skin, but you don't need to scan to get a reading. Your measurement is sent wirelessly to the Dexcom handheld device or you can pair via an app with your smartphone or Apple Watch.
The price may vary based on insurance.
The Contour Next One blood glucose monitor is a bestseller on Walmart.com. It's also budget-friendly at just under $ 20 for the test kit. The monitor is easy to use and provides a five-second reading. If you want Bluetooth connectivity to your monitor or a host of other features, you'd better use a different monitor. But if you want something simple and affordable, this is a good option.
The ReliOn Prime is one of the most affordable options for a blood glucose meter for $ 9. Note that you still have to buy the strips separately – at Walmart they are $ 9 for a box of 50 strips . The ReliOn stores up to 250 blood sugar readings, so you can go back to see previous readings, but there's no pairing option for smartphones or apps. If you want a simple meter that allows you to test several times a day, this is a solid option.
The Care Touch blood glucose system is the best-selling blood glucose meter on Amazon. The kit is great value – for about $ 40, you get everything you need to test your blood sugar. The kit includes the Care Touch meter, lancing device, lancets, test strips and a carrying case. Once you test, you'll get your results in five seconds and the meter stores up to 300 measurements for time monitoring. If you've never used a meter before, this kit is great for getting you started at an affordable price.
The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified health care professional if you have questions about a medical condition or health goals.