Diabetes Lancets

 

Lancet (320x320)

(see lancet brands listed near bottom of this page)

Diabetes lancets selection are all about the “ouch”. Small and sharp lancets have the least “ouch”. Specially developed TiniBoy lancets do the job best for babies and kids.

Lancet brands vary in the quality of the cutting edge and in the size of the cut that it makes to draw a blood sample. The size is measured by “gauge” – the larger the number, the smaller the lancet diameter.

However, sometimes one must compensate for the test site (finger, forearm, thigh), callouses, or poor blood circulation by using a larger size and/or a deeper poke.

The depth of the lancet’s skin penetration is controlled by the lancing device. Most of these devices are adjustable to obtain the minimum depth required to get the correct size blood droplet with the most comfort. A little bit of trial and error is all that’s required here.

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One style lancing device uses lancet cartridges. This makes it possible to avoid seeing or handling the used lancets. (see the Accu-Chek MultiClix Lancing Device).

Juvenile diabetics and adults with arthritis may need to consider each lancing device’s ease of use (Large or small enough in physical size and easily cocked).

Fortunately, most blood glucose monitoring kits include lancets and an adjustable lancing device that fulfills the majority of diabetics needs comfortably.

One final note on replacement diabetes lancets. There are brand name specific lancet replacements and less expensive generic lancets that will work just as well.

It can pay to read each product description when you are shopping! One example are the possible lancet replacements for the “Freestyle” blood glucose meter lancing device. A box of 100 lancets can run from about $9 to as low as $2!

LANCETS – (click on brand to see best buy)

Accu-Chek MultiClix approximate cost per use- 11 cents

Accu-Chek SoftClix approximate cost per use- 9 cents

Advocate approximate cost per use- Advocate lancets work with these lancing devices: (see bottom of this list)

Ascensia Microlet approximate cost per use- 12 cents

Freestyle approximate cost per use- 17 cents

SuperThin Lets approximate cost per use- 2 cents! (generic replacement lancet for Freestyle and most other brands)

One Touch UltraSoft approximate cost per use- 13 cents

Ultra Fine approximate cost per use- 13 cents

UltraFine II approximate cost per use- 8.5 cents

Advocate lancets work in the following lancing device brands. Advocate, Autolet, Autolet Mini, Microlet, Glucolet, Hamalet, Penlet II, Soft Touch, Auto Lancet, BD (Becton Dickenson), Monojector.

LANCING DEVICES – (click on brand to see best buy and to find a full product description) There is a wide variety of features. Prices range from $24 to $4. Selecting which brand lancing device to buy using only the cheapest price criteria not recommended!

Accu-Chek MultiClix Lancing Device We recommend this one as the Cadillac of lancing devices!

Accu-Chek SoftClix Auto Lancing Device

Accu-Chek SoftClix Plus Lancing Device

Advocate Lancing Device

Ascensia Microlet Adjustable

Freestyle Lancing Device

One Touch UltraSoft Penlet Plus

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SHOPPING FOR MORE THAN JUST DIABETIC LANCETS?

We recommend The Diabetic Supplies Review that covers the best online suppliers for the insured and the uninsured diabetic.

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