It is not coincidental that some makers of blood sugar meters also create the ability for the meter to measure blood pressure. Two common health problems associated with diabetes are high blood pressure and heart disease. Studies have shown that you can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease linked to diabetes by keeping your blood sugar under control most of the time. One important measure of that control is the hemoglobin A1c test (also called A1c.).
There are five blood sugar meters that also include the option to test your blood pressure. Each has a slightly different design. These glucose meters still use test strips to measure blood sugar levels. The blood pressure is measured by a cuff that is either attached to the meter or connects to it. The cuff will inflate in a similar way that you are accustomed to and will display your reading on the same screen you view your blood sugar results.
All five of the dual glucose and blood pressure meters offer the option to download your test results to a computer. Four of the five can also “speak” the results audibly for those with vision impairments.
The chart below lists the glucose meters that measure blood glucose as well as blood pressure and have some other important features that may be of interest to you.
Also check out a list of glucose meters that:
- Audibly “speak” your results
- Communicate with an insulin pump
- Have the greatest storage capacity
- Measure blood ketones
- Require the smallest blood sample
Some of the meters mentioned in the table below
Blood sugar meters that also measure blood pressure
|Meter||Results stored||Blood sample||Computer download||Backlit display||Coding needed||Company||Special features|
|FreeStyle Freedom Lite||400||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Abbott Diabetes Care|
|FreeStyle Light||400||0.3 microliter||Yes||Yes||No||Abbott Diabetes Care|
|Glucocard 01||360||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Arkray|
|Glucocard 01-mini||50||0.3 microliter||No||No||No||Arkray|
|Glucocard X-meter||360||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Arkray|
|MyGlucoHealth Wireless||Not available||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Entra Health Systems||Audible test results, integrated Blue-tooth communication|
|Nova Max Link||400||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Nova Biomedical||Communicates with insulin pump|
|ReliOn Confirm||360||0.3 microliter||Yes||No||No||Walmart|
|ReliOn Micro||50||0.3 microliter||No||No||No||Walmart|