“ Brand: Roche „
When I was diagnosed as a diabetic, it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I was shattered! However, gradually as I accepted it, things began to fall into place, and I realised that it wasn’t necessarily the death sentence I had first thought it was! But there was a lot to cope with: no doubt about that. Life was going to change for me (and my family). First thing my diet changed, it had to. My current diet was so rich in fat and unhealthy products. Next I had to get used to doing a wee on a little stick a measuring my glucose count, and then recording those readings. I was told that my meals had to be regular, and I had to snack in between meals! (Great I thought – and excuse to eat between meals!). However now I am into my 5th year as a diabetic, I can say that I now eat healthier; my fat intake has reduced dramatically (Yes, I had to cut down on my crisp intake – ouch that one hurt) my tea was the next thing, two sugars in each cup, several (hundred) cups a day = a lot of sugar. The next thing to change was going on to insulin. I had to inject myself twice daily. (Prior to this I had always wondered how anyone could do this task to him or herself!) I was totally shocked at how easily I got used to it! But it didn’t end there I now had to test my blood glucose, with a monitor. At first the hospital loaned me a monitor to get used to it. Then it was time to invest in my own monitor. I decided on a Glucotrend monitor, it was advertised everywhere and made by a good name in diabetic care “Boehinger Mannheim”. (Since been taken over by Roche) What does a monitor do? ======================== In a word a Blood Glucose monitor reads your blood sugar: Normal readings are between about 4.0 and 7.5 mmol. It is the diabetic’s task to try and maintain their sugar levels between these two levels at all times. However things affect Blood glucose levels includ ing: Stress, shock, heat, and of course what they eat. What you need ================== To take your Blood Glucose reading you will need: · Blood monitor · Test strips · Finger pricker · Tissue · Lancet Insert new lancet into finger pricker: Switch on monitor and insert test strip; Prick finger with pricker; add drop of blood to the lancet where shown. Within seconds (around 30) you will have an accurate BG reading. How much does a monitor cost? ============================ This varies enormously between companies that produce them. There are probably hundreds of monitors on the market, each vying for the pennies in your pocket, and the pennies it will get from the post buy prescription costs. You can pick them up as cheaply as £8 or pay for a better quality one at around £20. Whatever you choose, you will need to make sure that the lancets and test strips are on prescription (diabetics on medication are entitled to free prescriptions). The Glucotrend premium meter that I have now also uploads onto your pc, for instant result graphs. With it you can see instantly your high readings and low readings. Does it have to be Glucotrend? ============================== No. There are as I have said many ten’s if not hundreds of meters on the market. And each is probably capable of doing the job they are supposed to (there are rules/laws). Look out for special deals, and some even offer a lifetime battery change – where you send your meter back and they freely change the batteries. Other. ======= It is also worth pointing out that these meters do go wrong. With my first Glucotrend meter, I had some problems. I contacted the company, and they sent me two little bottles of solutions, with which you can test your meter for reading both high and low. However, usually you have to buy these and they are very expensive for what they are. (Somewhere aroun d £5 a bottle or so), and they only last a short while also (short shelf life). Thanks for the read – if you have any questions pleas dropme a line, and I’ll try my best! - Dave
Glucotrend 2 is one of the most amazing gadgets I have come across. It is for the checking of blood sugar levels so would normally only be used by diabetics. My wife, she who I elsewhere speak of regarding her back pain and the Boots TENS unit, also has Type 2 (or late-onset) diabetes, (it is a family trait; her sister, mother and maternal grandfather all suffer(ed)!). It is made by Roche in Germany and is only one of several such gadgets. It is in two parts plus accessories and batteries. The first part is called Softclix and is the thing with which you do the really hard part of the process, prick your finger. However, it is cunningly designed so that you only make the smallest possible pin prick and it does this under a spring so you don't have to rather cold-bloodedly stick a needle into yourself which my wife had to do before we got this. You squeeze a little bead of blood onto a special strip which you have previously put into the main unit, the Glucotrend, and a screen a bit like a pocket calculator flickers a bit and up comes your reading! The strips are available on prescription as are the needles for the pricker. Each packet of strips has a little key which you fit into the unit so that it is calibrated for that particular batch. We bought it at Superdrug and were given a £13 voucher, so it only cost £17!
Blood-sugar measurement tool / Blood glucose analysis in 15 seconds / Minimum amount of sample required for an accurate result / Compact and lightweight / Under dosing control - Will detect if too small a sample has been used /