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									When Choosing A Blood Glucose Meter For Children

Blood glucose meter is a portable device is something that all diabetics
cannot live without. Constantly monitoring blood glucose fluctuations is
very important since blood glucose values often dictate h ow the
healthcare team attending the patient can best deliver treatment.

But, blood glucose monitoring is most important for parents whose
children were diagnosed with diabetes, specifically type 1 diabetes or
insulin-dependent diabetes. These parents need to monitor their
children's glucose levels so that appropriate measures can be set in
place and so that the onset of symptoms can be staved off. But, above
all, children who depend entirely on insulin injections need to keep
watch of their blood glucose levels. Doing so will not only help them
find a rest from constantly shooting up blood glucose levels, but will
help them function more normally.

So what is type 1 diabetes? Also called juvenile diabetes, type 1
diabetes is a condition that is charcaterized by the pancreas' lack of
capacity to produce its own insulin. Insulin is the hormone that allows
the delivery of glucose into individual cells to give them energy.
Without this ability, all cells in the body will lack the energy to
continue performing at their optimal capacity, leaving the patient very
weak and bodily functions compromised. Also, without insulin, the
bloodstream will be flooded with so much glucose or sugar, which leads to
a host of uncomfortable diabetes symptoms.

To prevent symptoms like frequent urination, increased thirst, increased
appetite, constant fatigue and others, patients to keep blood glucose
levels under control. Among the best ways of doing so is by using blood
glucose meter.

Blood glucose meter comes in all shapes and sizes, and depending on the
manufacturer and brand, in a variety of technologies. To know which one
can help the patient best, the following pointers can be considered:

This device come in cheap, in fact, many manufacturers even give it away
for free. So you shouldn’t be paying a lot for a blood glucose meter.
But, remember that these companies do not give their products away at a
very low cost because of purely altruistic reasons. You should beware of
the test strips that are used alongside this device. When considering a
blood glucose meter, check first the price of the test strips that are
compatible with the product. This should be anywhere from 50 cents to one
dollar per strip. You might use three or more of these strips every day
to continually monitor your child's blood glucose levels.

Like blood glucose meters manufacturers, insurance companies also provide
coverage for the device, but not usually on the test strips. Be sure to
check with your provider regarding the coverage your kid will get in
terms of his diabetic expenses.

Ease of use
Look for convenience when buying a glucometer. Your child should be able
to use it on his own without supervision to see whether it is easy enough
to be used. It should also be light enough to be carried around since
your kid will have to take it with him on a constant basis. If you or
your child has vision problems, it is best to stick with a glucometer
that has a mid-sized to large display screen so both of you would not
have difficulty reading the values.

Built-in memory
Some blood glucose meters come with built-in memory that is powerful
enough to record up to a few hundred readings. If your kid manages to be
with his own a lot, you should try getting him one that has good memory
capacity so you can keep track of the trends on the fluctuations of blood
glucose levels.

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