In the UK, 3 million people are diagnosed as having diabetes. It is estimated that an additional 850,000 people have diabetes but don't know it.

Diabetes occurs when the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because your body is not using it properly. This may be because your pancreas is not producing enough insulin or that your cells are insulin resistant.

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Type 1 diabetes develops when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.

Type 2 diabetes develops when the body makes some insulin, but not enough, or when the insulin that is produced is not used efficiently (known as insulin resistance).

“Normal” blood glucose levels are defined as:

  • 3.5 – 5.5mmol/l before meals
  • less than 8mmol/l 2 hours after meals.

Why should I measure my blood glucose levels?

Because diabetes can affect both your life expectancy and quality of life. Uncontrolled blood glucose levels have the capacity to damage all of your body’s organ systems. Uncontrolled blood glucose levels can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, amputation, kidney disease and death.

You can control your blood glucose levels by taking medication/insulin and/or changing your lifestyle. A good diet and regular exercise may in some cases be enough to treat your diabetes. Find out more.

Why should I buy an iHealth blood glucose monitor?

Your blood glucose level will fluctuate during the day and from day to day. For effective management, you need to build up a picture of your blood glucose profile over time. iHealth MyVitals has been developed to use with your iHealth blood glucose meter to better allow you and your healthcare professional to record and make sense of your diabetes data. The iHealth blood glucose monitor seamlessly connects wirelessly (bluetooth) to your smartphone or tablet device to deliver your results to your own personal health vault.

Using the MyVitals data share facility, you and your healthcare professional can work together to arrive at the best decisions for your on-going diabetes management. In addition, MyVitals makes it easy to record day-to-day events such as meals and exercising.

How accurate is an iHealth blood glucose monitor?

The Wireless Blood Glucose Meter is an FDA and CE-approved device. It meets the rigorous accuracy standards set by the governing bodies in the USA and Europe.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence Targets

Children with Type 1 diabetes (NICE 2004)

  • Before meals: 4-8mmol/l
  • Two hours after meals: less than 10mmol/l

Adults with Type 1 diabetes (NICE 2004)

  • Before meals: 4 - 7mmol/l
  • 2 hours after meals: less than 9mmol/l

Type 2 diabetes (NICE 2008)

  • Before meals: 4-7mmol/l
  • Two hours after meals: less than 8.5mmol/

Products

iHealth Align Glucometer

The world’s smallest, most portable mobile glucometer.

List price £13.33 ex. vat