WHO statistics of 2014, speak the unimaginable truth of around 422 million people suffering from diabetes. That’s more than the population of United States of America.

In this day and age, when Delhi’s grievous state posits the picture of a heavy blanket of smog laid down upon the sleeping perches of daily life, one attains a sense of acceptance: We’re a mixture of diseases waiting to be triggered and brought to life. WHO statistics of 2014, speak the unimaginable truth of around 422 million people suffering from diabetes. 422 million? That’s more than the population of United States of America. By indulging in further statistics, one is acquainted with the alarming rise in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the successive years. Diabetes management has finally been acknowledged as the need of the hour.

Conscious decision to tackle diabetes

Now, a defining aspect here becomes the human will to carry out exercises that manage diseases like diabetes, for a prolonged, unblemished and laughter-filled life. The virtue of preserving our precious lives hasn’t reached the stage of futility. And so, we swim against the currents of ignorance, and try to utilise resources at our disposal. Moreover, there has been a conscious effort to make sure that one is not alone in traversing the road of health management. There have been efforts of assistance and knowledge—efforts that matter. Taking a note from that, a common endeavour has been the suggestion of investing in glucometers. Two questions emanate as a response to this suggestion: why and which one?

It is important to check blood sugar levels using a glucometer simply because one needs to be proactive in being aware of the fluctuations that persist in the levels of blood sugar. It becomes easier to analyse just how much one should exercise and change their dietary habits to counter negatives like kidney failure, eye problems, etc., that come with diabetes. So which glucometer should you be looking at? Furthermore, what does one look for?

The product is unique in its ability to provide a wide measuring range, enabling users to keep closer track of their progress and current status on glucose concentration.

The product is unique in its ability to provide a wide measuring range, enabling users to keep closer track of their progress and current status of glucose concentration.

One of the most successful glucometers have been the Alere G1 devices. A good glucometer for one should most definitely produce accurate results. The time period in achieving accurate results should be minimal, which means that we’re looking at a time window of say, 5-7 seconds. In the Indian context, the cost of the purchase also becomes a point of difference.

India is a diversified space of families with differing socio-economic capabilities. Thus, the achievement of a product comes through when it’s affordability increases the possibility of being available to those who are in a dire need for it, but are barred from it owing to economic restrictions.

Alere G1’s pitch against diabetes

Alere G1 glucometer, ticks all those boxes and adds some more defining qualities.

Alere G1 glucometer, ticks all those boxes and adds some more defining qualities. The glucometer is inherently accurate because of its superior Gold biosensor technology. The growing interest in gold nanoparticles stems from the fact that it’s the best out there, especially when it comes to measuring the level of glucose in one’s body. Gold, being the best conductor of electricity ensures that results are accurate. So the fears of risks go down with this reassurance.

The glucometer is also auto-coded for convenience and can maintain medical records of up to 5 patients in one device. It has an automatic strip ejector to maintain hygiene, and the strips when fully utilised can be replaced by buying newer affordable ones. A pack of 100 strips comes under Rs. 900 (sources: Flipkart, Snapdeal). That means you’re paying less than 9 rupees per strip! It is indeed a revolutionary step in the field of health management, where normal air masks cost more than 2000 rupees, thereby restricting the general populace! What one can conclusively appreciate is that life is given more impetus over market economics.

Alere G1 contains a test memory of 500 samples, which enables users to keep track of their health over a longer period of time using the same device.

Alere G1 contains a test memory of 500 samples, which enables users to keep track of their health over a longer period of time using the same device.

Alere G1 glucometer comes out in front as the most economic option, while maintaining a high quality bar.

The product is unique in its ability to provide a wide measuring range, enabling users to keep closer track of their progress and current status of glucose concentration. It contains a test memory of 500 samples, which enables users to keep track of their health over a longer period of time using the same device. It works swiftly. Typically, results are displayed in 5 seconds. From an economic perspective, the Alere G1 devices are an interesting case study. They adopt the opposite approach to Gilette. Gilette charges a low rate for the capital investment (the razor), but more than recovers the low price by charging exorbitant rates for its cartridges, making the product expensive over its lifetime. In contrast, Alere G1 devices charge slightly above market rates for the device, but charge well below market on the test strips. Thus, over the lifetime of the product, the product comes out in front as the most economic option, while maintaining a high quality bar.

In a scenario, where market politics veer towards negligible qualities, Alere G1 fights that!

With its mission in becoming a trustable source of health-management, one need not look far away and initiate the start of a healthy life with this life-changing friend.


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Posted by The Indian Economist | For the Curious Mind