Blood Glucose Monitors
For sufferers of diabetes, a chronic disease that affects the way the body treats sugar, it’s extremely important to keep your blood glucose levels within your target range to stay healthy. We’ve designed our clinically validated Blood Glucose Monitoring System with the user in mind, to allow you to safely, easily and accurately measure your blood glucose levels at home or on the go.
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How does the Kinetik Wellbeing blood glucose monitor work?
Kinetik Wellbeing’s Blood Glucose Monitoring System offers easy and fast measurement of blood glucose from fresh capillary whole blood samples drawn from the fingertip, palm, forearm, upper arm, calf or thigh. When blood is added to a test strip, an electrical current is generated by the reaction of glucose with the reagent of the strip.
The strength of the current produced by the reaction depends on the amount of glucose in the blood sample and this is shown on the monitor.
If the blood glucose is lower than 20 mg/dL a ‘Lo’ warning will represent low blood glucose levels and you should consult a healthcare professional and if the level is higher than 600 mg/dL a ‘Hi’ warning with represent high blood glucose levels and you should seek immediate medical assistance.
How do you measure your blood glucose levels?
The first step is to gain a blood sample through the lancing device and then apply this sample to a test strip as follows:
- Wash your hands thoroughly
- Insert a new unused glucose test strip into the blood glucose device
- Obtain a blood sample using the lancing device
- Apply the blood sample to the glucose test strip
- The test result will appear on the monitor after counting down from 5 to The blood glucose device and lancing device are for individual use only and the test strips and lancets are for single use only. All of these accessories are available for purchase individually.
For more detailed instructions please check the instruction manual.
What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that affects over 5 million people in the UK and 415 million adults worldwide, and it is caused by abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Normally insulin produced by the pancreas lowers these glucose levels however people with Type 1 Diabetes are unable to produce insulin and people with Type 2 Diabetes don’t respond to insulin as they should. When the proper precautions aren’t taken, there is an increased risk of diabetes complications, such as heart disease and stroke.
Although living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can be tough, with the right medical help, diet and exercise your life should carry on. Read more about living with diabetes.Learn more
FAQs About Our Blood Glucose Monitors
Is the Blood Glucose Monitoring System clinically validated?
The device is tested and approved to EN ISO 15197:2015 requirements. The device doesn’t require coding or set up, meaning it is ready to use immediately in the comfort of your own home.
How do I switch on the Blood Glucose Monitoring System?
To set up your monitor you hold down the ‘S’ button until the screen starts flashing. Set up the device according to the instruction manual and hold down ‘S’ to switch it off again. When you are ready to start taking readings there is no need to switch the device on. Simply insert the test strip containing your blood sample or control solution into the device, after which the device will count down from five before giving you your reading.
Can the Blood Glucose Monitoring System detect ketone levels?
The Kinetik Wellbeing Blood Glucose Monitoring System measures blood glucose levels only. However, the device will display a ketone warning (not actual ketone reading) when the glucose testing result is over 15mmol/L.
Is the Blood Glucose Monitoring System eligible for VAT relief?
As stated by gov.uk, if you’re disabled or have a long-term illness, you won’t be charged VAT on products designed or adapted for your own personal or domestic use. To complete our process for VAT relief you must fill in our VAT exemption form and we will send you a code that will remove VAT from your order.
How can I change the unit of measurement from mmol/L to mg/dL?
To change the unit of measurement, follow the steps below: Start with the monitor off. Press S for about 2 seconds to turn on meter. Press S to scroll through the year, month, day, time etc until you see the unit of measurement on screen. Press M to change unit of measurement. Press S to confirm.
Why doesn’t my blood glucose monitor give a reading?
- Test strip needs to be inserted when the glucose monitor is completely off
- The amount of blood – You need 0.7ml of blood
- Position of glucose monitor and test strip in relation to the blood sample. Please ensure that the glucose monitor and test strip are vertical. Only the very end of test strip needs to touch blood sample.
How can I ensure the readings are accurate?
Please ensure you are doing the following before each measurement:
- Washing hands
- Discarding the first drop of blood. Then squeezing for the ‘fresh’ blood underneath
- Using a new blood sample (from a new site) for each reading
- Using a new lancet
- Keeping your test strips in the vial they come in
Do the Test Strips have an expiry date?
Yes, the test strips are in date for 24 months from the date of production. You can check the expiry date of your Test Strips on the box that the test strips came in.
Are other Test Strips compatible with the Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices?
No. Our Blood Glucose Monitoring System is coded specifically to our Test Strips. Other brands of Test Strips aren’t compatible.