A good option for tracking glucose tests
A few years ago, I had an abnormal blood test. My doctor ended up being concerned that I might be borderline diabetic. Since that time, I have been monitoring my blood glucose closely. I’ve tried out several different types of glucose monitors and some of them are a bit complicated to use and they don’t keep track of your tests. So, when I was introduced to the LC Blood Glucose Monitoring System from Dario, I jumped at the chance to use it
The Dario LC Blood Glucose Monitoring System provides you with all the tools and support you need to manage your diabetes. The system includes the smart app and the all-in-one device. The device comes with a lightning dongle (for use with the iPhone) that you plug into the iPhone while you test your blood sample. The all-in-one device holds your testing strips and it contains the lancing device.
- Smart pocket-sized device
- Highly accurate and quick – results in less than 6 seconds
- Smallest drop of blood – only 0.3 ul required
- No cables, no batteries, no hassles
- Automatically records your blood glucose measurements and provides analysis of your condition
- Easily tracks key diabetes metrics, including carb counting, physical activity, and medication intake
- Share real-time information with caregivers and family members
- Built-in emergency hypo alert with GPS location
While you can purchase the starter kit and use it on its own or you can subscribe to one of Dario’s membership plans. The plans include support from Dario like monthly coaching calls, monthly checkup calls, expert guidance by CDE. The subscriptions also include unlimited test strips and 100 lancets as well as the testing device.
I’ve used many different glucose monitors over the years and while they typically are a 4-step process (power on – insert test strip – add a drop of blood – read results), I’ve had difficulties with them in the past. This kit was fairly easy to set-up even with the additional steps involved. Because this kit works with a mobile app, you have to attach a transmitter to the Lightning port of your phone (if using an iPhone) in addition to inserting a test strip and lancet for producing a blood droplet. I felt that the steps were self-explanatory and easy to follow.
Using the monitor is simple. You do have to download a mobile app in order to get your test reading, but I don’t see that as a problem. The testing equipment seemed to function normally for me, but I didn’t test it side-by-side with another system. It’s very portable. The main unit will store test strips and the transmitter dongle, but not the lancets. That said, it is small and can easily be carried in a pocket or a purse. It would be nice if a small pouch was included so that you could easily carry lancets along with the tester. I really like that this device is designed to track and store your glucose tests. That said, it does ONLY work with the mobile app. I didn’t see this is a problem because my main reason for wanting this model was to track my tests. I love smart medical devices that catalog information in an app to be shared with medical professionals. This is actually a fairly affordable option for doing that with glucose testing.
I’ve been asked by my doctor to watch my blood sugar levels periodically because I have hypoglycemia. I’ve used the drugstore glucose monitors and they just seem to be overly complicated and I’ve had a lot of trouble with those machines even capturing my data. The Dario tester has been easy to use and I’ve not had any issues with it reading my blood tests. I would recommend this to anyone who needs to carefully monitor their testing progress.