Magazine rates blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters

August 6, 2008

The accuracy of self-monitoring kits for hypertension and diabetes can vary greatly.

The accuracy of self-monitoring kits for hypertension and diabetes can vary greatly, according to the September issue of Consumer Reports. The magazine evaluated 16 blood pressure monitors, taking 6,000 readings from patients and comparing the results from self-monitoring kits with those obtained by medical professionals. To test blood glucose meters, Consumer Reports hired an outside laboratory to test 13 devices. The top products in both categories can be seen