Diabetes testing supplies come in many different varieties. Ask your doctor or health care professional what types of supplies are best for you.
The most important part of diabetes testing supplies is the blood glucose monitor. You can get a variety of monitors. The most basic simply test your blood glucose level. More advanced monitors will record your results to give you a more detailed analysis of your blood sugar over time. Some blood glucose monitors can even help you monitor your exercise, food intake, and portion control.
For your blood glucose monitor, you will need testing strips. These are the strips that you put the drop of blood on for the actual monitoring. You replace these strips.
You will also need a lancet to pierce your skin. You can lancets that are varying sizes and that go to varying depths in your arm so that you can find the most comfortable testing method. Some people prefer the finger-prick method, and others prefer to test elsewhere, such as the forearm or stomach. Sometimes blood samplers are sold separately from glucose meters, and sometimes they are packaged together.
Diabetes glucose monitors, lancets, and test strips are all part of the Medicare covered diabetes testing supplies. If you have diabetes, you only have to pay 20% of the costs, after the yearly deductible.
Ascensia and OneTouch are two of the better known diabetes supply manufacturers. You can also get Liberty to ship you your diabetes supplies if you are covered by Medicare.
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