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  Which of the following is most important to you in a glucose meter?  
  Assume that the meter is sufficiently accurate  
      Price of strips  
  12%     18  
      Small sample size  
  27%     42  
      Fast test time  
  8%     13  
      Alternate site ability  
  1%      1  
      Small meter size  
  5%     7  
      Large display  
  2%     3  
      Meter holds multiple strips (disk or drum)  
  2%     3  
      No coding  
  5%     7  
      Light on display and strip  
  5%     8  
      Built in data analysis and display  
  5%     8  
      Computer interface  
  2%     3  
      Meter is my insulin pump controller  
  24%     37  
  3%     5  

Total votes: 155

Which of the following is most important to you in a glucose meter?

Poll dates: September 21 - 28, 2011
Total Votes: 155

Today's blood glucose meters require tiny volumes of blood, can be used on alternate sites, produce results in a few seconds, and interface with computers to help you and your diabetes team analyze your blood glucose data. Some meters use technology that incorporates more than one strip within the meter, some require no coding, and one has a light that shines on the test strip for easier monitoring in the dark. Some meters act as controllers for an insulin pump. All of these features make it much easier to monitor your blood sugar than it was only a few years ago.

With all of the new features available, we asked our readers to tell us what they think is most important in a blood glucose meters. Small sample size was the most important feature, and is essential for alternate site testing, which was ranked of lowest importance. Second was pump controller, illustrating the growing integration of devices.

The following graph illustrates the results from the last three years in which we've run this poll:

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Last Updated: Wednesday September 28, 2011 09:01:20
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