A critical part of taking charge of your diabetes journey is ensuring you use a highly accurate blood glucose monitoring system (BGMS) to measure your blood glucose levels. Self-monitoring of blood glucose is important, as it may help with self-management and medication adjustment, particularly when you take insulin.1 The use of an accurate BGMS makes it possible to minimize errors with decisions related to your food and medication.2
You should review your technique and results with your healthcare professional regularly, to ensure you are taking accurate readings and that changes to your care can be made quickly and effectively based on your blood glucose levels.1
It is essential to use an accurate BGMS, so that you can feel confident that your blood glucose readings are correct. There is substantial variation in the accuracy of widely used blood glucose monitoring systems. In an independent study, only a third of 18 glucose meters met the accuracy requirements.3
According to the American Diabetes Association hypoglycemia occurs when your blood glucose level drops below 70 mg/dL (3.9 mmol/L), and can range in severity depending on how low your blood glucose level falls.1
When your blood glucose levels are low you may not always have symptoms. This is known as hypoglycemia unawareness. To detect hypoglycaemia be sure to check your blood glucose levels.4 To lower your risk of hypoglycemia you should:
It is important that you recognize the early warning signs and symptoms that occur when your blood glucose begins to drop too low. Please remember that every person is unique and can react differently.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia include feeling shaky, sweating, feeling hungry, blurred vision, tiredness, dizziness and a headache.4 If you experience any of these symptoms you should:
Wait 15 minutes, and then re-check your glucose level. If your blood sugar reading is under the critical level you have established with your health care professional, follow medical advice immediately. 4,5
When looking for a meter for blood glucose monitoring, the CONTOUR®PLUS ONE system has been shown to deliver highly accurate results,5 which is important if you have a history of severe hypoglycemia or regularly experience low blood glucose levels. An accurate meter will help you detect and properly manage hypoglycemia and assist you to keep your blood glucose levels stable.6
The CONTOUR®PLUS ONE system makes blood glucose monitoring simple and produces highly accurate results.5 Our system:
Is ready to test right out of the box and easy to use
Is highly accurate5
Provides Second-Chance® sampling which prompts you to apply more blood to the same test strip when the first sample is not enough5
Offers unique smartLIGHT® feature, letting you know if your readings are above, below or within the target range
The easy-to-use CONTOUR®DIABETES app effortlessly logs your blood glucose levels from a CONTOUR® connected meter when synchronised—eliminating the need for a manual logbook.
Stay tuned for our next update, which will be focused on understanding the benefits of Second-Chance® sampling with the CONTOUR®PLUS ONE meter!
The information brought to you by Ascensia Diabetes Care Singapore Pte Ltd provides general information. It is not intended to be used as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not replace the advice of your Healthcare Provider. Always speak to your healthcare provide prior to making changes to your diet, exercise or treatment.
1. American Diabetes Association. Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, 2021. Diabetes Care. January 2021 Volume 44 Supplement 1
2. Pardo S et al. Accuracy Beyond ISO: Introducing a New Method for Distinguishing Differences Between Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems Meeting ISO 15197:2013 Accuracy Requirements J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2018;12:650–656.
3. Klonoff DC et al. Investigation of the Accuracy of 18 Marketed Blood Glucose Monitors Diabetes Care 2018;41(8):1681–1688.
4. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia). 2016. [Internet, accessed February 2021]. Available from: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/preventing-problems/low-blood-glucose-hypoglycemia
5. CONTOUR®NEXT ONE BGMS User Guide. [Country to localize / include year of release date]
6. Heinemann L et al. Performance of Blood Glucose Meters in the Low-Glucose Range Diabetes Care 2015;38(9):e139-40.