If you are diabetic and choose to self-test your blood sugar levels at home you will need to find a fast acting, easy to use test meter with reliable test strips. Today most meters for blood sugar level testing are battery operated to keep them portable and easy to handle. Since there are a wide variety of meters and test strips on the market, you should shop around a bit and see which meters you are comfortable using. Check to see what special features the meter is programmed with such as lancets that are close to painless, compatible programming for computer software, and options to make it easier for you to use.
The brand you chose should give guarantee quick, accurate and reliable results from user-friendly procedures and the meter and strips you are interested in purchasing should also be covered by health care plans as this will help save you some money. Since these monitoring systems require a drop of blood for analysis, get test strips of reliable quality that is stored in a dry, clean package to give you accurate results. To get the right overall care you should match the code on the meter to the code on the test strip container unless the meter allows direct blood samples from any part of the body without the test strips.
One blood sugar level monitoring system to consider is the Accu Chek Aviva Blood sugar level tester with Accu-Chek Aviva test strips. The meter tells you when enough blood has been supplied on the test strips from just a small drop of blood from a fingertip prick which is required to run the test. Results are usually available after only a 5 second wait after inserting the blood laden test strip into the slot. The Accu-Chek Aviva Plus test strips will give you advanced accuracy and dependable results so you can know at a glance just where your blood sugar levels are at during any given testing time.
People who are using peritoneal dialysis with solutions containing icodextrin, such as the Extrarenal dialysis solution, can confidently use the Accu-Chek Aviva Blood Monitoring Systems, as the results obtained are accurate even in the presence of maltose. Even some therapies that contain maltose, as in some immunoglobulin medications or other treatments, will not interfere with the test results. Many other systems do not offer this feature so check before purchasing you monitoring meter to verify that maltose will not affect the test results if this is your situation.