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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Glucometer (Overview)

Glucometer is a diabetes-related agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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What are risks of sharing glucometer (transmission of disease) when pricking is done from different lancets. thanks?

What are risks of sharing glucometer (transmission of disease) when pricking is done from different lancets. thanks?

None: There are no inherent risks to share a glucometer with someone else per se. That being said, I advise against it, as it clouds the picture of the 7, 14, and 30 day average calculation for a given patient. These help your doctor better monitor a specific patient. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
48 doctors shared insights

Glucometer (Overview)

Glucometer is a diabetes-related agent which is a kind of nutritional or metabolic agent.


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How accurate is a glucometer?

How accurate is a glucometer?

They are quite good: Constantly changing technology and designs have improve ease of use as well as acuracy of current glucometers..I would say around 5-10 points of actual blood levels when tested at a certified laboratory. They are meant to guide you with controlling your diet/food consumptions to maintain a good sugar level. Having diabetes is tough! fllow-up with doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can venous blood be used for glucometer?

Can venous blood be used for glucometer?

Of course: Generally speaking when a person checks their sugar at home, all that is used is venous blood. To my knowledge there is no indication in the field of medicine to use any other kind of blood for checking the blood sugar. As a matter of simple fact, about the only time we routinely use arterial blood for anything in medicine is checking a test called the blood gas, usually in the er or icu. ...Read more

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What is the benefit/effect of using glucometer for my blood suger at home?

It shows sugar level: If done properly, periodic monitoring at home can have significant value..It shows how each food type/amount affect your blood suguar level..Thus you may learn to reduce foods that promote high sugar and consume more of foods that cause less rise of sugar. Thus, should be done before eating and 2 hours after so you know the effect of what you eat. Consult doc regularly and good luck. ...Read more

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Today my fasting glucose was 92 and half an hour later with still not eating anything it was 110 what's goin on? Battery low on glucometer

Today my fasting glucose was 92 and half an hour later with still not eating anything it was 110 what's goin on? Battery low on glucometer

Glucometer: I think you diagnosed it. Glucometer issue. Even if the battery was not low, a glucometer glucose of 92 and 110 is basically the same number, i.e. Within the margin of error of the instrument. You are 24 y.O? Type 1 diabetes on insulin? Is it possible your evening Insulin is wearing off, and your glu is creeping up a bit? ...Read more

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Why is serum glucose more accurate than finger tip glucose, when monitoring readings? How much faith can I put with a home glucometer?

Why is serum glucose more accurate than finger tip glucose, when monitoring readings?  How much faith can I put with a home glucometer?

Plasma: has a higher water content than whole blood, so there is more dissolved glucose in plasma compared with whole blood, and readings are 15 to 20 percent higher. ...Read more

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I'm 8 months pregnant and accidently pricked my hand with glucometer lancet used by grandmother after a few seconds of use, will i get hiv?

I'm 8 months pregnant and accidently pricked my hand with glucometer lancet used by grandmother after a few seconds of use, will i get hiv?

Family practice : Unless your grandmother has the HIV virus you probably will be fine. If she has it or is high risk for it she and you should be tested and followed. ...Read more

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How accurate is a glucometer?

They are quite good: Constantly changing technology and designs have improve ease of use as well as acuracy of current glucometers..I would say around 5-10 points of actual blood levels when tested at a certified laboratory. They are meant to guide you with controlling your diet/food consumptions to maintain a good sugar level. Having diabetes is tough! fllow-up with doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Whats the easiest / most painless glucometer?

Whats the easiest / most painless glucometer?

All similar: Pain tolerance varies from person to person. All the glucometers work similarly. Some of the lancet devices may be a bit different, but all poke a hole to make the blood come out. I like the ones that come from Bayer company, but i'd ask a pharmacy what they sell the most of and what their feedback is. I've used several in my office and all seem quite similar. ...Read more