Lancets are small, sterile needles that are used to prick the finger in order to draw blood to test blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
At Chemist4U, we stock a variety of lancets from popular brands such as Accu-Check, Glucoject, and CareSens, so you can find the perfect lancet to use with your lancing device.
Testing blood sugar levels can be incredibly important to those managing their diabetes at home, so using high-quality lancets is essential if you want to make the process as quick and painless as possible.
If you test your blood glucose at home and are looking for value for money when buying your lancets, you’ve come to the right place, as we strive to keep our prices as low as possible for our valued customers.
When you’re buying lancets you may notice a number followed by a g on different types of lancets.
This number refers to the standard sizes of lancets, otherwise known as their gauge, and the most common lancets available range from 19g to 33g sizes.
The higher the number the thinner the lancet needle will be, so a pack of 33g lancets will be thinner than 30g lancets.
Some people find that thinner lancets with a higher gauge are more comfortable to use, especially if you’re testing your blood sugar levels regularly.
However, you may find that thinner lancets are less effective at drawing blood, so finding the perfect balance of an effective and comfortable lancet will be individual to you.
It’s very important to dispose of single-use lancets or any other sharps safely and responsibly.
If you have diabetes and are monitoring your blood sugar at home, your GP can prescribe something called a sharps bin, which you can use to dispose of your used lancets safely.
When your bin is full, you can arrange for it to be collected and disposed of by your local council, giving you peace of mind in knowing that you’ve disposed of your sharps safely.
The type of lancet you’ll need to use with your lancing device will depend on the device itself.
Some lancing devices are designed to be used with universal lancets, giving you more options as you find the most comfortable and effective lancets for you.
On the other hand, some lancing devices, such as Accu-Chek FastClix, need to use specific lancets from the same manufacturer.
If you’re not sure which lancet you need for your lancing device, take a look at the information leaflet that came with your device, this will let you know where to find the right lancets.
Diabetes is a condition that is life-long, cannot be cured and can only be managed by careful food and drink intake and regular testing of blood sugar levels.
Diabetes is a result of the hormone insulin, secreted by the pancreas to break down glucose in the blood, not being produced enough to sufficiently break it down.