With the steady rise in the number of people suffering from diabetes it has become very necessary that there is more awareness on its control. Diabetes management can help prolong the ill effects of the disease. If it is not handled properly it can lead to serious complications. Medication, diet and physical activity are important part for the management of diabetes. At the same time it is necessary that you monitor the blood glucose levels regularly. It can be either done by taking lab test or by using the self monitoring kits. There are many manufacturers who have developed safe and accurate blood glucose meters and other supporting devices to enable you to easily check your blood glucose levels as advised by your doctor. Glucose meters give you the flexibility to carryout the blood glucose test as and when prescribed. There are several manufacturers of blood glucose meters like Accu-Chek, Abbott, Medtronic, etc who have developed blood glucose meters in varying sizes and features. Abbott Diabetes care products are very popular and considered reliable. They offer you a wide range of FreeStyle blood glucose meter which are innovative compact meters, handy and portable.
FreeStyle Blood glucose meter
Diabetics around the world are aware of the FreeStyle blood glucose monitors. They have developed compact glucose meters measuring 3.8 x 2 x 1 inches that makes it easy to store and carry it to work or school. It is light weight meter and has worked well for children. They have gained reputation for being virtually painless and one that requires a small blood sample. Among the other important features is the alternate testing sites option that it offers like hand, calf, upper arm, forearm, and thigh. It is extremely useful for those individuals who have sensitive fingertips.
The meter turns on automatically when a test strip is inserted. You can even take additional blood readings within 60 seconds if there was an error earlier. This is useful for children who are just learning to test their own blood and for adults who may suffer from a disease that causes their hands to shake. A significant feature is that, it beeps when blood strip is full. It also has other features like dynamic memory, holding up to 250 readings with date and time of each, 14 and 30-day blood glucose average and option to connect to a computer for downloading stored data. It has gained huge popularity for the high degree of convenience and flexibility it offers.
FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Meter
Abbotts have in 2007 launched a very useful little meter, The FreeStyle ® Lite Blood Glucose Meter. It takes the smallest sample size of blood of only 0.3 microliters. It is extremely simple to use so that you waste fewer diabetic test strips. It is compact in size and you can easily carry it with you to test your glucose levels anywhere as per your schedule. There is an additional feature of 4 reminders a day that allows you to set alarms to maintain your testing schedule. It uses the no coding technology and does not require any code for new test strips for testing with this meter. The meter beeps when enough blood is applied. You can store 400 results along with date and time. You can retrieve results in 7, 14 and 30 day averages.
Among the previously introduced FreeStyle blood glucose meters are the FreeStyle Tracker approved by FDA in 2002, the FreeStyle Flash and FreeStyle Freedom. FreeStyle Tracker is a combination of blood glucose meter, diabetes manager and personal digital assistant. It is a compact device with different technologies in one. The FreeStyle Flash and FreeStyle Freedom require least blood sample about 0.3 microliters and the testing time is 7 seconds and 5 seconds respectively.
The FreeStyle Lite most popular amongst FreeStyle blood glucose meters. Their latest range comes with extremely useful features and compatibility with other software. It is well suited for the monitoring needs of people with different diabetes levels.