Any glucose monitor recommendations?

Question: Do you have any glucose monitor recommendations?

Answer: Today, there are dozens of different glucose monitors available in the United States. But, picking one to recommend and prescribe to my patients is very difficult. Unfortunately, insurance drives health care providers, like me, can prescribe for my patients. Cost is the first question that comes to mind when choosing a glucose monitor. And, the biggest cost? Test strips. Most of my patients complain about the cost of their glucose monitor strips.

Beyond cost, I also consider the type of meter I prescribe to certain patients. Most of my elderly patients have poor vision, so I usually select meters that have larger screens and that don't require calibrations or coding. On the other hand, many of my young patients get very involved an like to download their results and information to their phones or computers, allowing them to keep better track of their readings.

Personally, I like to use the Freestyle Lite or the Freestyle Freedom Lite because they don't require coding and only require a small blood sample size.

Editor's Note: If you would like more information about glucose meters, use our comparison tool to review the features and specifications of over 50 meters available on the market today.


About Catherine Estipona

Catherine Estipona, MSN APN provides family-centered care as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to her day-to-day care of patients, she serves as a Diabetic Educator in the state of Nevada for Lilly USA, LLC, a pharmaceutical company.

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