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i am looking to purchase my 1st blood glucose monitor.

See if your insurance covers it. If so, they will tell you which makes/models are covered.

Strips and lancets for the meter are usually covered by Medicare. You can pick them up at your local drug store or do mail order.

I have been using the Lifescan OneTouch Ultra II since early 2008, when I was diagnosed. It will store up to 500 historic readings. There is software from Lifescan to read the meter and store them on your computer. I download the readings every quarter (=90 days, so 180 readings) using their USB cable that also plugs into the meter. I do that in order to see historic trends--and where things changed.

It can be as simple, or complex, as you want it to be.
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