Which diabetes testing kit? A great number of people ask which home diabetes test kit is the best.
To find the best we have to definitely have to put a few things into consideration – some things to consider are:
- Ease of use or user friendliness
- Availability of test strips
- How quick will you get the result
There are many different brands of test kits on the market some of which are available at your local pharmacy.
The best person to as which is the best for you is your health care professional. They can give you advice on which one you should buy and answer also, if you are unsure about anything, any probing questions or concerns you may have.
There is no need to get a prescription to buy your own diabetes testing kit. Whenever you purchase your own there will be a tester which is battery operated, test strips for glucose, lancets and a manual which will provide useful information on how to use.
The strips will have to be inserted into the meter.
How to use your diabetes test kit
Use rubbing alcohol or any other sterilization liquid to sanitize the finger where you will pick to get a small blood sample. The purpose of this exercise is to kill germs which may be on your fingers.
The next step is to prick you finger then squeeze a little blood out.
The drops of blood that was squeezed out will then be placed on an area of the test strips.
The meter will do it thing – so wait one a bit – the meter will begin to beep when the results are ready.
The best testing kit is the one that fulfill your needs the closest. The best idea then is for you to look for kits which will meet your needs and do exactly what you want.
There are some meters, which are available, which will work in conjunction with an insulin pump which will do automatic testing – this will definitely give your lovely fingers a break.
Even with that system you will still need to do finger pricking to get a more accurate reading.
If you have to take some tests several times a day, then it is suggested that you buy a test kit as above. I know it is hard work but is still better than in the days when you have to use litmus paper, urine and colour coded charts.