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A glucometer, also known as a glucose meter or blood sugar meter is medical equipment used to measure sugar levels in the blood with only a drop of blood. Noninvasive meters require no blood drop. These compact and portable devices provide the results of your blood sugar level instantaneously.
The basic functioning of the glucometer is based on the testing strip, The chemical in the testing strip comes in contact with the blood and measures the sugar levels. You’d have to use a lancet device that comes along with the glucometer to pierce the skin for a drop of blood. Even if you are healthy and non-diabetic, it is no harm to keep a check on your blood sugar levels, strictly at your doctor’s advice.
If you have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), or were diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy, a major part of your treatment plan should be regularly testing your blood glucose levels with a glucometer.1
Frequent glucometer use can help you:
Oftentimes, unless you have met with a certified diabetes educator, your doctor may have given you a prescription for a glucometer without explicitly telling you how to use it. And while most instruction manuals are user-friendly, this task can seem daunting if you are new to testing or not that technologically savvy. Follow these guidelines for safe and easy testing.
There are different types of glucometer available in Nigeria, Accu-check being the most popular. The reason being that most diabetics prefer it because it is easy to use, cheap, has long battery life, and it gives reliable and accurate results. The strips are refillable or replaceable when they get exhausted or finished.
The pack of Accu-Check glucometer comes with the machine, a container containing 50 test strips, lancets for piercing the finger and sometimes cotton wool already impregnated with alcohol or spirit for cleaning the thumb before piercing. Both the strips and the lancet can get exhausted and can be refilled.
The price of Accu-Check glucometer pack is around #11,000 to #13,000 Naira. The strips cost about #5,000 to refill and lancet price is about #1,000 Naira. The strips are coded 333 and can be used for only and any Accu-Check glucometer. Also ensure you change the battery at interval. Accu-Check battery price is about #200 Naira. When it gets bad, most times it is the battery so always check. When the battery is weak it will give inaccurate and unreliable results.