Accuracy Of Glucose Monitors

Many of the blood glucose monitors that are sold today are considered to be very accurate as long as they are being used in the right way. It is possible that over a long period of time it will cease to work as well. Because of this you will need to learn how to test it at least once a month or if you think there may be a problem with it.

One of the most efficient methods used to test the accuracy of it is during a doctor’s visit when they are drawing blood from your vein. Each sample of blood can be taken within a few minutes of each other in order to find the most accurate reading available.

You can check the reading of your glucose monitor from the box strips to see if it will give you a plasma reading from the blood you gave it. Plasma is what the doctors will look at when examining your glucose levels because it is considered to be a better reading. There are some monitors on the market that will measure the plasma. Match them up – but remember that if it does not read the plasma then the doctor’s results may be up to 15% higher then yours.

If the results do not match up at all then you know immediately that it is not working properly. The problem could be because your monitor is dirty, old, or you have been keeping it in a place that is either extremely cold, hot, or humid. Also the strips may be out of date or you just might be doing something wrong. Check to see if the strips you are using have been calibrated to work with your monitor.

It is important that you learn how to clean your monitor so that it will not break down on you or give you inaccurate readings. Each one comes with specific instructions from the manufacturer that will give you the needed directions on how to maintain your monitor.