Why is battery replacement a factor in selecting a blood glucose meter?

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Meters run on batteries, but each model handles batteries differently. Find out what kind of battery your meter takes before purchasing it. Consider the cost and ease of replacing the batteries.

Some models allow you to buy the battery and insert it into the meter yourself. These batteries might be specific to the meter and therefore could be more expensive and difficult to find. Or these batteries might be standard batteries (such as AA or AAA) that run in devices like flashlights or remote controls and therefore be cheaper and easier to find. Still other meters have no replacement batteries.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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