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Diabetic’s Best Friend – Blood Glucose Meters

Various tools are used when it comes to the treatment of just about every medical disorder your can name. An easy example would be using a blood pressure cuff as part of the treatment when you have high blood pressure. The most important tool that you can keep close when you are diabetic, however, is the blood glucose monitor. Unless you are fond of visiting the doctor’s office several times a day, you can’t accurately track your blood sugar levels without a blood glucose monitor.

Blood sugar control is the single most important aspect of diabetes treatment. Unhealthy blood glucose levels may not seem very important at first, but they slowly damage your body and, over time, can result in some very serious medical problems.

While it is the complications of uncontrolled blood glucose that are responsible for the vast majority of diabetes-related fatalities, it remains a risk that you could go into a coma or potentially even die if your blood sugar is allowed to fall too low. Though it will not usually happen under normal circumstances, blood sugar levels can fall to these levels if you are hypoglycemic or are taking heavy medications, do not eat a proper diet, and engage in strenuous physical activity. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can result in a wide range of complications, running the spectrum from nerve damage to blindness to kidney failure.

The blood glucose monitor is going to be the testing tool of choice when it comes to finding out what you are eating that makes your blood sugar spike. One example that diabetics should take special care with is a particular kind of processed food that promises to not affect blood sugar, hence its heavy marketing toward diabetics. Some diabetics have no problems with their blood glucose at all after eating it, but others experience severe problems and high blood sugar spikes. The only way that they were able to detect the spikes at all was by using their blood glucose meter after eating; otherwise, they may have simply assumed that everything was fine and continued eating it on a regular basis.

Some people complain that blood sugar monitors are too expensive to afford, and so they have to do the best that they can in their treatment without one. While it is easy to see the logic behind this argument, it is not necessary because there are several ways of getting a free glucose meter. If you do not have any medical insurance and can’t afford your testing supplies, a quick online search will turn up a number of different charities who would be happy to help. Most of the money that the manufacturers make from glucose meters is actually on the strips, so they will often be willing to give you the meter because they know it means that you will be using their strips.