Can Blood Sugar Levels be checked at home with a Glucose Monitor?
Glucose monitors, usually called Glucometers are readily available in the market and are useful devices to monitor one’s blood glucose levels, in order to understand where one stands in terms of his or her glucose control. They facilitate achieving optimal glucose control, are user friendly and cost-effective.
They are invaluable tools for Type 1 Diabetics who are on Insulin treatment. Glucometers are also helpful in Type 2 Diabetics who are using Insulin and also are recommended sometimes in some Diabetics on Oral Diabetes medications.
Glucometers help readily recognize if a Diabetic is having low blood Glucose, fluctuations in blood glucose, very high blood glucose. They are not usually recommended for diagnosing Diabetes newly. Glucometers are reasonably accurate and check capillary blood glucose.
Whether one should buy a Glucometer and check at home depends on the type and severity of Diabetes, the stage of Diabetes, their clinical needs, risk of low glucose, whether on oral medications or Insulin, the type of oral medications used by the person and also affordability to a certain extent especially in the Indian context. The frequency of checking would also depend on these parameters and is advocated to take the advice of one’s doctor, so that one does not under use or over use Glucometer.