What is a diabetic meter?

A diabetic meter -- also known as a blood glucose meter -- measures blood sugar levels. Meters are small, computerized, and battery-operated to allow people with diabetes to check their blood sugar levels conveniently. Diabetic meters measure the amount of glucose in a drop of blood. The blood sample -- usually taken from your fingertip -- is placed on a disposable test strip that is coated with chemicals that react with glucose inserted into the meter. Inside the meter, the test strip is zapped with an electrical current and your blood sugar level is displayed. While most accurately measure blood sugar, meters differ in the types of features they offer.

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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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