How to Choose a Glucose Meter

With all the different devices available to measure blood sugar levels (glucose meters), how do you know which one is right for you?

Your pharmacist can show you the various models and explain their features to help you select the one that best suits your needs.

What to keep in mind:

  • Device and display size: There are different size devices on the market. If you have dexterity problems (caused by arthritis, for example), ask to hold the device to see whether you are comfortable handling it. If you have vision problems, it’s also a good idea to check the display, font size, and screen brightness.

  • Test strips and lancets: Make sure you have no trouble handling them, e.g., taking them out of the package or applying a drop of blood to the strip.

  • Ease of use: Is the device simple to calibrate? Is it easy to find past readings?

  • Syncing with electronic devices (tablet, cellphone): It is now possible to sync your blood sugar readings with an electronic device. This can be an attractive option as it allows you to always have your readings within reach, for example at medical appointments.

  • Device memory: If you opt for a glucose meter that does not sync with electronic devices, make sure the memory can contain enough readings for your needs.

  • Batteries: Are they easy to find and replace?