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Looking for a low-tech solution? Meters and injections are the two basic tools of diabetes care. And while it takes a little more effort on your part to monitor, you can easily buy a meter and test strips in any pharmacy. If you get a prescription from your healthcare provider, your insurance will likely cover the strips. Some people choose this combo because of its simplicity.


The meter is easy to get, and injections are low maintenance.

Sean, 33

Test blood sugar several times a day and inject long and short acting insulin as needed.
Pick up supplies. Make sure your healthcare provider has written all your prescriptions and you have all the supplies you need: syringes, insulin pens or vials, test strips, lancets, and a backup battery for your meter.


I do wish I could track it better without having to poke myself so much.

Chad, 25

Injections and meters are considered the least expensive option to control diabetes.


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Ease of Supplies

You don't have to worry too much about running out of supplies. Most local pharmacies carry everything you need to manage your diabetes.

No Attached Devices

Some people feel that using a meter and injections are more convenient if they are very active or involved in highly physical activities, since you don't have anything attached to your body.


Manual Effort

This combo can require more frequent blood sugar tests, injections, and mathematical calculations.

More Needles

This combo maximizes the number of injections and finger sticks. Adding other devices can greatly decrease the number of needles your skin meets.