What is a data management system for blood glucose monitoring?

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Your meter’s data management system is also important to consider. Some models will help you upload the information to a web portal that only you and your health care provider can access. Some models come with software programs that you download to your computer to help you track and visualize your results. These programs can provide trend analysis, averages, graphs, printouts, and more. This can make it easier for you and your health care team to pinpoint any problem areas that might arise.

Surprisingly, data management systems don’t cost too much more than regular meters. Before you buy a system, check to see if your health care team uses or recommends one system over another. Also call the manufacturer’s toll-free number, and ask them what you will be getting. They should answer any questions you may have.

Don’t buy a high-end blood glucose data management system unless you can afford the extra cost. Many people find that they can get along with a good logbook. This is especially true if you have type 2 diabetes and monitor less often.


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