Some sort of tool is used when it comes to treating just about every medical condition. For example, hypertensive patients use blood pressure monitors in their treatment. When it comes to the treatment of diabetes, however, the tool of choice is the blood glucose monitor. Without a blood glucose monitor, you will have no way of knowing what your blood sugar level is at any given point without having to go to the doctor.
Keeping blood sugar levels in a safe range is most of what it means to keep diabetes under control. Many additional problems can result later on from the damage caused by blood sugar levels that rise too high or fall too low.
While it is very true that a coma or even death can result in blood sugar levels that fall too low, those cases are vastly outnumbered by the number of people each year who die as a result of the complications that come from not properly controlling blood sugar levels. You are most at risk for your blood sugar levels falling too low when you are hypoglycemic, do not eat a proper diet, and engage in some sort of strenuous physical activity. When you have prolonged high blood sugar levels, you drastically increase your risk for lower limb amputation, blindness, kidney failure, and other complications.
Using a blood glucose monitor frequently allows you to determine what foods trigger high blood sugar levels and avoid them. One example is a particular kind of processed food that is advertised as being safe for diabetics because its effect on blood sugar is supposedly nonexistant. Some people may be able to eat the product and not be affected at all, but others may have a blood sugar spike every bit as bad as if they ate a bowl full of sugar. If they had not been careful enough to check their blood sugar levels after eating, it is entirely possible that they may have not only not noticed the spike, but continued getting them by eating the product again.
Some people are under the impression that a blood glucose monitor is entirely unaffordable and that they have no choice but to go without one and do the best they can. There are many valid agreements when it comes to the cost, but most people are unaware that there are definitely ways that they can go about getting free blood glucose meters. Diabetes-centered organizations exist to distribute testing supplies to poor diabetics who cannot afford to have good medical insurance. Some of the manufacturers even distribute their meters for free because the vast majority of their profits come from the testing strips, which need to be replenished each month.
While there is certainly some expense each month when it comes to buying more diabetes testing strips, you will be able to save some money by talking to your insurance provider or hardware manufacturer about getting a good blood glucose meter. One of the great health tips when it comes to diabetes involves making sure that you are able to carry your meter with you wherever you go. Some meters, such as those that use Ascensia Autodisc Test Strips, have a single circular strip that can be used multiple times before it needs to be discarded. This can be a great convenience when you have to carry everything around.