Diabetes is a serious disease. It may require monitoring blood sugar (glucose) levels for the patient to be able to control them with diet, exercise or medication. These test procedures for diabetes, hypoglycemia, and hyperglycemia are serious and the process should be discussed with a personal physician. Follow his recommendations and the test equipment instructions.

Nova Max Plus Glucose Monitors

The Nova Max Plus glucose meter has been rated one of the best by users. It measures both glucose and ketone levels. The complete kit weighs about 12 ounces. The meter is 3.6" x 2.3" x 0.9 inches and weighs 2.65 ounces. The lancets to draw blood are the smallest on the market.Nova Max PlusCredit: Amazon

Blood glucose meters use similar methods to test blood. It’s critical that they are accurate. Regardless of brand, results of these monitors should be compared with a physician’s test results to check the accuracy. It’s a good practice to do a test in front of a health care professional. They can possibly offer the patient suggestions or tips to improve the process and make it easier to do.

The Nova Max Plus glucose monitors are marketed in a kit that contains the necessary items to perform the test. These include an electronic monitor that reads the blood sugar level, chemically treated paper strips for blood, a lance to pierce the skin for blood, and a carrying case to store these items. It also contains a warranty, instructional DVD, log book, owners guide, and battery.

Glucose Testing

Blood sugar levels can change quickly. Diabetes patients need to get a quick, accurate reading to make the correct treatments to bring the levels in line. Patients do these self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) tests at home, or as part of their daily routine.

The tests are simple to do. The patient will put a paper strip in the meter, wash their hands with soap and dry them, wipe the area the blood is to be drawn from with an alcohol wipe, prick the finger, let the paper absorb the drop of blood, and read the result on the monitor. Generally the side of a finger is the site to get the blood. It’s a good idea to use different places to reduce the discomfort.


Ketone Testing

Ketone tests are another test a patient with diabetes may be required to do. This may be required if the patient has hyperglycemia. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a condition where the blood sugar is extremely elevated. Nova Max Plus Glucose & Ketone Meter Kit contains strips to read the ketone levels in blood. High ketone levels appear in blood 2 or 3 days before they show up in urine. The earlier the patient knows this information, the better. The ketone strips are more expensive than glucose strips.

Nova Max Plus Ketone test stripsCredit: Amazon

Taking glucose and ketone readings is a process prescribed by a doctor. The physician or a member of his staff will give instructions and show the patient how to do SMBG tests, how often to do them, and at what times of the day.

Nova Max Plus Ketone Test Strips - 10 Ct
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