Managing Diabetes requires continuous monitoring of Blood Sugar using a Glucometer and we are sharing some of the Best Glucometers that you can buy online.
Diabetes is a bigger pandemic than Covid, especially for countries like India.
Last year(2020), 463 million people were diagnosed with diabetes in the world. Out of these 77 million belong are from India, according to the International Diabetes Federation(IDF).
This is a huge number considering 17% of patients are from India alone. Also, there are a huge number of unreported cases in India and Diabetes is becoming the silent killer for a vast number of Indians.
Diabetes damages Lever, Kidney, impacts heart function and can lead to early death if it is left uncontrolled. It makes a person feel tired all the time, can cause chronic fatigue, loss of sex drive, Retinopathy, and even amputation.
Diabetes is a horrible disease and puts the person on lifelong medication. It can't be cured but there are ways to reduce the impact of this atrocious disease.
A common myth is that Diabetes is caused by eating excessive sugar but it is not true. Some people can eat all the sweets they want and will still not have diabetes in their lifetime.
However, lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle, sitting all day, and consuming a very high percentage of carbohydrates and dairy in the diet are some of the causes that are gaining more traction.
Earlier, diabetes was mainly found in old people but nowadays Diabetes is becoming common in young adults in their 20s and 30s. Keeping track of your Sugar and Blood Pressure levels is essential.
In case, you have Diabetes you will need a Glucometer to measure the amount of sugar in your blood. When Sugar levels are too high it is called Hyperglycemia and when it is low it is called Hypoglycemia.
What Is An Ideal Blood Sugar Range?
- Normal Range for Blood Sugar Level is Considered - 80 to 120
- Up to 150 is considered slightly high
- Sugar levels between 150 to 200 are moderately high
- Levels between 200 to 300 are High
- Levels above 300 are very high and need immediate attention
You should test your blood sugar in the morning before consuming any food or tea on an empty stomach. This is called "Fasting Blood Sugar". Typically 10 to 12 hours of fasting is advised to get accurate sugar levels.
In case you test sugar right after eating a meal you may get very high values that are usually not the correct measure of the blood glucose level. If you want to do a post-meal blood glucose test, Doctors recommend keeping at least 2 hours of gap between eating and testing.
How to Test Blood Sugar With a Gloucometer?
- Wash Your Hands with Soap and Water so that there are no germs.
- Wipe your hands with a towel.
- Prepare the lancing device (insert the needle in it)
- Insert test strips in the blood glucose monitoring device. (It will turn on automatically).
- Prick the tip of your finger with the Lancet to take out a drop of blood.
- Apply blood on the strip.
- Lastly, Your Blood Glucose Reading will display in only 5 seconds.
*AC - Empty Stomach, PC - After Food, Gen - Any time
When to Test Blood Sugar?
If you have Diabetes, It is vital that you test your Blood Sugar Level every day or alternate day. Some people have good control on Sugar tests weekly or Biweekly. If your blood sugar levels are high then keeping a tab on it is important to adjust your diet and exercise.
Apart from eating fewer Carbohydrates, you must include a daily walk (10000 steps) or 1-hour exercise in your schedule.
5 Best Glucometers(Blood Sugar Testing Machines) You Can Buy in India
Dr. Morepen BG-03 Gluco One Glucometer Combo - Price Rs. 799
Dr. Morepen is a reliable brand and its Dr. Morepen BG-03 Glucometer is one of the most affordable Glucometers that is present on our list. I'm using this glucometer for the past 4 years, it is good and easy to use.
It helps you to monitor the blood glucose level in the body and it is also suitable for both professional and home use.
Furthermore, the glucometer comes with 50 strips for one-time use only and can store up to 300 readings.
Lastly, this device is available online along with a price tag of Rs 744.
BeatO CURV Glucometer - Price Rs. 899
The BeatO curve is another affordable glucometer that can connect with a smartphone via a charging port and allows the user to test blood sugar levels anytime and anywhere.
This glucometer is designed in India and has a compact size, lightweight, and easy to carry while going outside.
Moreover, the smartphone connected with the BeatO app can do various things like store readings, analyses them, and advocates corrective measures.
This is an excellent feature as you can track how good is your diabetes control and if you need to increase or decrease the dosage of insulin or medicines that you are taking.
Additionally, It has an auto-alert messaging system to share your sugar test result with your near ones when your sugar test is high or low.
You can easily understand your blood sugar trends via analysis and graphs.
This glucometer has one limitation that it supports only Android smartphones, not iOS.
Lastly, the BeatO curve is available online along with a price tag of Rs 899.
Accu-Chek Active Blood Glucose Meter Kit - Price Rs. 1599 (Recommended)
Accu-Check active blood glucometer packs excellent features and it can help to make it convenient by giving you fast, hassle-free, and accurate results.
I have used a couple of Glucometers and finally have settled for the Accu-Chek as it is quite accurate and reliable.
It can store up to 500 test results and can also view an average of your test results from the last 7 / 14 / 30 or even 90 days.
Moreover, it offers you pre & post-meal markers to differentiate the measured sugar level before and after the diet.
Also, the glucometer has a visual and audio post-prandial reminder that reminds you to test sugar levels two hours after eating.
The testing process is the same as the above glucometers and has a measuring interval of 10-600 mg/dL.
Meanwhile, it also has a built-in USB port for transferring saved test results to a computer.
For purchasing, you have to spend Rs 1,547 and it is available on Amazon.
Dr. Trust (USA) Fully Automatic Glucometer Machine - Price Rs. 799 (Recommended)
Dr. Trust is one of the leading wellness brands globally and it is also the most trusted brand doctor by medical professionals and home users.
It has a cool look and design. Additionally, it gives you an accurate blood glucose reading.
Additionally, It warns you if your ketones level reaches over 13 mol/L(Ketones and Ketoacids are alternative fuels for the body that are made when glucose is in short supply) which can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis(serious diabetes complication), if not controlled on time.
The device can store up to 1000 blood glucose tests results along with respective dates and times in its memory.
Interestingly, it displays face symbols along with results like a smiley face symbol indicates positive results and a sad smiley indicates unsatisfactory results.
You can operate this device in 3 modes - General(measure sugar at any point of the day), AC (empty stomach), and PC (after taking a meal).
Furthermore, It comes with an LCD backlight display which is easy to read at night moreover allows you to set an alarm as a reminder for measuring the sugar level.
Lastly, the device is available online with a purchasing price of Rs 799.
Accu-Chek Guide Glucometer (Recommended)
Accu-Chek Guide glucometer comes with some advanced features for users who want to have more options than just checking their blood glucose levels.
For low light visibility, it also has a strip port light for testing at night or outdoors. Especially useful for people who travel and want to test blood sugar levels outdoors in low light.
One of the notable features is Bluetooth, which can transfer the readings data to your smartphone. There is a (mySugr diabetes management app) available on the play store to offer a comprehensive analysis of current and past readings.
You don't have to use wires to transfer the data or log the data manually to keep track of your readings.
Notably, it has a strip ejector button. So, you don't have to touch used strips. Most Glucometers have a code chip that comes with a testing strip, this one on the other hand doesn't require a coding chip.
It can save up to 720 blood sugar test results and users can view an average of your test results from the last 7 / 14 / 30 or even 90 days.
Additionally, It has a big backlit LCD display and comes with 10 strips and 10 lancet packs.
Most importantly, you can also connect your glucometer with your smartphone with the help of Bluetooth and after installing the mySugr management app.
After connection, This app will automatically logs your blood sugar results and wirelessly transfers them to your connected smartphone.
The Accu-Chek Guide glucometer is available online and comes along with a purchasing price of Rs 2,149.
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