Bayer Diabetes has recently announced US Food & Drug Administration clearance to market the Contour USB blood glucose meter. Bayer's Contour USB is the first and currently the only blood glucose monitor that comes with such a versatility, plugging directly into a computer and quickly providing users with access to information that can help
The device has been integrated with the Glucofacts Deluxe software that allows an easy data retrieval, as well as long-term tracking and analysis of blood glucose test results – keeping a statistics that is. This is a top-notch, premium meter that connects directly to a PC or MAC and can store up to 2,000 test results, providing an easy means for patients to gain knowledge about trends and patterns in their blood glucose levels, as simple as plugging a USB drive in the slot.
"This is an ideal blood glucose monitor for patients who are highly engaged in managing their diabetes, particularly those on insulin who must test frequently," said David Simmons, MD, chief medical officer for Bayer Diabetes Care. "With the CONTOUR USB meter, patients are able to review their results with their healthcare professional during an office visit, over the phone, or via email giving them the opportunity to make treatment adjustments, such as taking action to reduce their A1C levels, if necessary."
Good diabetes management requires ongoing data tracking, as well as accurate information
sharing, therefore the Contour USB is ideal – offering data organization and management – transforming the results into significant information to be discussed between professionals and their patients. By measuring the A1C level, the device informs about the average assessment of blood sugar levels over the past three months, also being an indicator of how well diabetes is controlled in the longer term. Having that information, patients can better manage their blood sugar, resulting in a lower A1C level. A one-percent reduction in the A1C level reduces the risk of serious complications by 40 percent.
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