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rom the time you leave

the doctor's office or the

hospital after diagnosis

with Type 1 Diabetes,

there are a few items that

become integrated into your daily life.

Your insulin delivery system, be it a pump

or a pen, a finger pricking device (usually

not the best one for the job, so certainly

understand the options) and a blood

glucose meter. (People diagnosed with

other types of diabetes may get some of

this kit too, but it is more variable.)

The relationship between the person

with diabetes and their meter can be

a turbulent one, from the exclamation

of "you must be joking" right through

to the elation associated with 'nailing

it' finally after a period of rollercoasterlike

levels. People certainly take these

pieces of kit for granted but looking into

what they do, it can be seen that they are

remarkable pieces of precision electronic

miniaturisation.

0.1mmol/l of glucose is less than

0.02g of glucose in the entire body, or

around 200 grains. Meters report to this

level or precision, although whether they

are accurate to that level is a source of

much debate. People often think that

the meter that they are given is the one

they have to stuck with. Increasingly,

however, the spotlight is being shone on

the price of the associated testing strips,

and with good reason. The price to the

NHS of the cheapest strip is about 11p,

with the most expensive being 33p. The

total NHS England spends just on test

strips is over £12m every month. And

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

Things to assess when choosing a

blood test meter. By Nick Cahm

that is without factoring in Freestyle Libre

sensors, which currently cost the NHS

nearly £6m a month.

However, cost certainly shouldn't

be the only consideration. People with

diabetes invest time and effort managing

their condition, so it is only right that the

tools are the most appropriate for the job.

Meters have a wide range of functions

and specificities to meet the needs of

users. For some those functions won't

be necessary or may be a 'nice to have',

for others, they are essential. This is why

it is important to ensure that your device

meets your needs.

A final overarching factor to consider,

particularly for Type 1s, is the ability to

test for ketones. NICE say that all Type

1s should have the ability to ketone test,

however there are few ketone test strips

available on prescription

Ten things to check

Finding a meter with the functions you

need is therefore important. Here is a top

10 of the functions and why you might

find them beneficial.

1. Battery life

With a device that you carry and ultimately

rely on to be there whenever you need it,

having a reliable and long-lasting battery

life is important. Up until the last few

years, meters came with cell batteries

like CR2032 or even standard AAAtype. Mobile phone technology is now

being more widely employed with USB

charging available across many devices.

Improvements in overall technology

means that battery life is significant. If it

is a concern with your meter, it's probably

time to move to a more modern device.

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