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How to choose the right blood glucometer

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How to choose the right blood glucometer
Today, there are many, quality-made home blood glucose meters on the market. Choosing the right one for you can be a little overwhelming.

Many health insurance plans offer some type of coverage for diabetes testing supplies. However, in many cases, your insurance provider may recommend a ""preferred meter"" or a ""preferred brand"" that you must use in order to avoid paying a high co-pay. It is best to call your insurance company and ask if there is a preferred brand of glucometer. It may be financially wise for you to use the preferred meter to limit your ongoing costs. Test strips for most branded meters cost roughly $1 per strip—this can add up to $30 to over $100 per month depending on how often you test. If you do not have health insurance and must therefore pay out of pocket for your testing supplies, using an off-brand or private label meter may help ease the financial strain. These are fairly easy to find in most pharmacies and generic branded test strips typically cost about half the price of the brand-name strips, so shop around.

If you have physical limitations, there are many glucometers on the market today that are well suited for people with arthritis or conditions that limit the use of their fingers and hands. Many meters also have features that are useful for people that are visually impaired. Choose the meter that is easiest for you to use if you have a particular need.

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