Blood test meters, nothing beats a blood test, CGM

KITLIVING

continued over Why blood testing rocks

Health psychologist Professor Katherine

Barnard reveals the physical as well as

psychological benefits of taking blood

testing to heart.

Self-monitoring of blood glucose

(SMBG) is a cornerstone of diabetes

self-management. It is an integral part

of treatment, based on an individual

assessment of needs, to support diabetes

management. There are a number of key

benefits, including:

• Problem identification and resolution

• Reinforcement of motivation and

engagement

• Reduction of anxiety and feelings of

hopelessness associated with the

relentless burden of living with diabetes

SMBG in the intervening periods between clinic appointments can be used

to show the impact on blood glucose of lifestyle behaviours. This can be very

empowering for people, providing encouragement to keep powering forwards

to the goal. It is a useful tool to provide objective information on the impact of

a lifestyle change, such as a low-calorie diet or structured exercise programme.

Accuracy of the blood glucose meter is crucial to ensure that data is

meaningful and actionable. Alongside accuracy, knowing when, why and how

to use SMBG is essential for optimal benefit. The meter is only useful if it is being

used effectively. Healthcare professionals can provide advice here and make

sure that the meter chosen meets the individual needs of each user. It can be

difficult to know which meter is the right one, there are so many on the market.

Functionality is variable across meters but it is important to remember that

all of those additional 'bells and whistles' aren't necessary for everyone and can

in fact just get in the way. In order to get the best out of the meter and realise

the benefits, it is important to be able to accurately interpret the information on

the screen.

Several meters use colour coding to help users quickly see whether a reading

is low, in range or high. Some people find this helpful, others not so much.

Sometimes size is a key factor. Often, a simple meter provide basic information

is all that is required to achieve the goal.

What is most important is that the tool is only useful when it is being used, so

make sure that you have agreed plan with your healthcare professional to make

the most of it.

www.barnardhealth.com

Professor Katherine Barnard

Type 2 diabetes. The fundamental points

we make surrounding accuracy and

safety, as well as education, are equally

relevant to people with Type 1 diabetes."

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Blood test meters

Here follows an overview of some

the latest global innovations showing

how markets are changing as regards

access to meters and strip-testing, plus

some highlights from old as well as new

suppliers as to meter choices in the UK

today. This is not a comprehensive list.

NOTE: Check with your GP before

you invest in a meter, as they may not

support that meter's test strips. And

don't forget, one important factor when

it comes to blood testing is that if you like

your testing kit, you'll use it. So liking your

blood test meter is a must. See our Know

Your Rights feature about accessing test

strips. If you have reasons why you want

to use a particular meter, you need to

make that clear to your consultant or GP.

This might be issues about fiddlyness,

convenience, difficulty doing tests at night

when low, etc.

Index

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  2. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  3. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall
  4. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  5. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  6. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
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  9. Medtronic Minimed 670G hybrid closed loop insulin pump
  10. Connected insulin pens, Novo Nordisk, Timesulin, Big Foot Biomedical, InsulCheck
  11. Connected insulin pens, Novo Nordisk, Timesulin, Big Foot Biomedical, InsulCheck
  12. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
  13. Desang diabetes kitbags
  14. Page 0014
  15. HbA1c home test, A1C now, BHR Pharmaceuticals Ltd, home use A1C test, home use HbA1c test
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  18. JDRF stem cell encapsulation
  19. Omnipod Insulet insulin pump with insulin pods, podders
  20. Desang Diabetes Magazine, free diabetes magazine, living with diabetes
  21. Desang Diabetes Magazine, free diabetes magazine, living with diabetes
  22. Blood test meters, nothing beats a blood test, CGM
  23. Blood test meters, nothing beats a blood test, CGM
  24. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  25. ia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  26. Blood test meters, blood glucose meters, Kinetik Wellbeing, Ypsomed mylife Unio
  27. Ypsomed MyLife Diabetes care blood glucose monitoring systems
  28. Diabetes medications, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes
  29. Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, DRWF Wellness Days
  30. Diabetes medications, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes
  31. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  32. Kit that's coming soon MyGrams smartphone scales
  33. Kit that's coming soon MyGrams smartphone scales
  34. Making Carbs count: Counting carbs for the diabetic diet
  35. Making Carbs Count teff
  36. Making Carbs Count teff
  37. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump for Animas users
  38. Desang Diabetes Magazine, free diabetes magazine, living with diabetes

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