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Meters for measuring blood glucose at home

Abstract

Self-monitoring of blood glucose is now an established part of the management of patients with insulin-dependent diabetes. In general estimates of blood glucose concentration are made by placing a drop of blood on a reagent strip and matching by eye a colour change on the strip with a colour key on the container. It is also possible to use a meter that measures changes electronically and displays or ‘speaks’ the results. We examine the choice of meters and discuss who benefits.

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