Blood Glucose Monitor News

Blood glucose monitors, also sometimes called blood glucose meters, are devices used to measure blood glucose levels. They are important tools that people with diabetes use to monitor their blood glucose and determine if they're managing their diabetes properly. Based on their blood glucose levels, people with diabetes can then make a number of important decisions, such as what foods they should be eating, what physical activity they should be doing and what medications they should be taking.

Blood glucose monitors come in a variety of types, from machines used to check glucose occasionally throughout the day to devices that monitor blood glucose continually. People need to work with a doctor to determine which type of monitor they should be using.

Blood Glucose Meters

A traditional glucose meter is one that's used periodically to check blood glucose levels. The number of times to check glucose each day tends to vary from person to person. Using a traditional meter typically involves pricking the fingertip (or a less sensitive area like the forearm or thigh) with a lancing device to obtain a small blood sample. The sample is then tested by the glucose meter to provide a reading of the blood glucose level.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Devices called continuous glucose monitors are also available for those who need a little extra help with their glucose control. With these devices, a small sensor is implanted under the skin and checks glucose levels in tissue fluids frequently. The sensor then transmits blood glucose level readings to a monitor that is worn or carried by the individual. Alarms can be set to notify the person if glucose readings are too high or too low. These devices may help people with diabetes achieve better glucose control thanks to the almost constant information about blood glucose levels that they provide.

SOURCES: U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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8/8/2017
Low Blood Sugar in Newborns Tied to Brain Problems Later

These babies 2 to 3 times more apt to struggle with planning, memory, attention at age 4, study finds

8/7/2017
Instagram Shows How Diabetics Really Wear a Glucose Monitor

2 out of 3 use a device that continuously tracks blood sugar on 'unapproved' body part, study finds

6/20/2017
FDA Warns Diabetics Against Use of Secondhand Test Strips

Previously purchased products may not have been stored properly, could lead to inaccurate results

6/13/2017
For Diabetics, Nasal Powder Fixed Severe Low Blood Sugar

New product much easier to use than rescue injections, researcher says

6/12/2017
Can Folks With Type 2 Diabetes Forgo the Finger Stick?

Self-monitoring of blood sugar had no effect on long-term glucose levels in those not taking insulin, researchers say

6/10/2016
3 Popular Diet Plans May Help Ease Type 2 Diabetes, Too

They seemed to help, but researchers say more information needed

1/8/2016
High Blood Sugar May Increase Heart Attack Complications: Study

Scientists find glucose causes strong contraction of blood vessels

12/24/2015
All High-Risk Patients Should Get Blood Pressure Meds: Study

Getting levels below current targets may significantly cut risk of heart attack, stroke, researchers contend

7/11/2014
Saliva Test Might Someday Replace Needle Prick for Diabetics

But device is still a long way from use by people

4/22/2014
Low Blood Sugar May Affect Heartbeat in People With Diabetes

Study found abnormal rhythms when blood sugar dipped at night in people with type 2 disease

4/14/2014
Nearly 10 Percent of U.S. Adults Now Have Diabetes: Study

Researchers found a nationwide rise of the disease since late 1980s, and a parallel rise in obesity

4/14/2014
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Study using voodoo dolls suggests irritable partners should grab a snack before speaking

4/3/2014
Exercise, Diet May Help 'Pre-Diabetics' Dodge Heart Disease Death

Study followed Chinese people with high blood sugar for more than two decades

2/14/2014
Food Price Hikes May Affect Those With Type 2 Diabetes

USDA study finds glucose levels increase as produce, low-fat dairy become more costly

1/29/2014
Smartphone Apps for Diabetes: Do They Really Work?

You can use them to count carbs, log blood sugar, but users say they're no substitute for patient knowledge and a doctor's care

1/21/2014
Chocolate, Tea, Berries May Cut Diabetes Risk: Study

Substances found in some people's favorite foods appear to benefit blood sugar, inflammation levels

12/30/2013
Health Tip: Take Care of Your Glucose Meter

And make sure you know how to use it

12/10/2013
Heartening Drop in Diabetes Complications Seen Among Seniors

But low blood sugar, a side effect of treatment, remains a concern, study authors say

11/13/2013
Needle-Free 'Breathalyzer' for Daily Diabetes Testing Shows Promise

But first, device must undergo clinical studies

10/23/2013
Lower Blood Sugar Levels May Aid Memory, Study Suggests

Blood glucose levels on the higher end of the normal range linked to poorer results on memory test

10/4/2013
High Blood Sugar May Raise Risk for Surgical Wound Problems: Study

Important for diabetics to get glucose levels under control before procedures, authors say

9/26/2013
Gel May Offer Simple Treatment for Newborns With Low Blood Sugar

However, U.S. experts say inexpensive medication is promising but needs more research

9/13/2013
4 Factors Predict Diabetes Remission After Surgery: Study

Scoring system could help determine if weight-loss procedure will help control disease in obese patients

8/22/2013
Family History of Diabetes Makes 'Prediabetes' More Likely, Study Finds

However, the effect was strongest for people who were not obese

7/19/2013
Weight Loss May Help Thwart Diabetes

Overweight study patients who shed pounds through lifestyle changes kept full-blown disease at bay

2/27/2013
Artificial Pancreas Worked Overnight on Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

System helped keep blood sugar at safe levels among young campers, study found

2/15/2013
More Americans Successfully Managing Diabetes

But large U.S. government study shows there's a lot of room for improvement to prevent complications

1/28/2013
First-Ever Guidelines Issued for Treating Type 2 Diabetes in Kids

Experts say rising obesity makes condition much more common in children

12/25/2012
Holidays Spell Trouble for Folks Unaware They're Diabetic

High-salt, high-fat foods may put these people at risk for heart attack, stroke

12/20/2012
New Diabetes Guidelines May Lower Patient Medical Bills

Fewer people will need blood pressure meds, while some should check blood sugar more

11/21/2012
Airport Security X-Rays May Damage Diabetes Devices

Experts warn of malfunction potential for insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors

11/14/2012
World Diabetes Day Designed to Raise Awareness

366 million people now have the disease; estimates see 552 million cases by 2030

11/1/2012
With Diabetes, Boosting Exercise Should Be Done Safely

Certain precautions can help reduce risk of dangerously low blood sugar, experts say

10/29/2012
Health Tip: Monitor Your Blood Glucose

And help keep diabetes in check

9/10/2012
Tight Blood Sugar Control Won't Help Babies After Heart Surgery

Infection rates, survival didn't change, but more risk for low blood sugar seen in study

9/4/2012
Even 'High-Normal' Blood Sugar Tied to Brain Shrinkage

Scans show memory, thinking regions shrank in those at high end of 'normal' range; more study needed

7/20/2012
Health Tip: Is My Blood Glucose Too Low?

Warning signs of hypoglycemia

7/18/2012
Health Tip: Help Prevent Low Blood Sugar

Watch for symptoms of hypoglycemia

6/18/2012
Diabetes May Hasten Mental Decline

Older adults with poor blood sugar control performed worse on tests of memory, thinking

6/10/2012
Many People With Type 1 Diabetes Missing Treatment Goals: Study

Blood sugar control remains a challenge despite improvements in care

5/30/2012
High Blood Sugar May Make Pneumonia Deadlier

Patients with community-acquired infection plus high glucose levels need monitoring, study finds

1/16/2012
Health Tip: What Affects Blood Glucose?

Factors that can cause blood sugar to rise or fall

12/22/2011
Hepatitis B Vaccine Recommended for Adults With Diabetes

Shared blood glucose monitors, finger-stick devices pose infection risk, experts warn

12/1/2011
FDA Moves to Speed Development of Artificial Pancreas Systems

Agency suggests more flexible requirements for clinical trials leading to approval

7/22/2011
Health Tip: Should I Check My Blood Sugar?

The American Diabetes Association offers these suggestions

4/18/2011
Low Glucose Levels May Raise Death Risk Among Older People

Research shows those over 60 do best with intermediate control over blood sugar

1/11/2011
Health Tip: Using Your Blood Glucose Meter

Make sure it's in working order

12/27/2010
Injectable, Oral Birth Control Don't Threaten Glucose, Insulin Levels: Study

Women's glucose levels increased with use of injectable DMPA, but not enough to cause concern, research suggests

6/21/2010
Age, Race May Affect Type 2 Diabetes Screening Results

The recommended A1c blood test cutoff didn't accurately diagnose elderly Asians, study found

4/28/2010
Tight Blood Sugar Control May Not Harm Diabetics

Re-analysis of a landmark study refutes link between intensive therapy, higher death risk