GlucoMen LX Plus

Menarini’s Glucomen LX Plus is a blood glucose meter that incorporates a 2-in-1 blood glucose and ketone testing facility.

The ketone testing is particularly useful for insulin users and those who may wish to test their ketone levels.

GlucoMen LX Plus meter advantages

The GlucoMen LX Plus is a no coding meter that provides:

  • Pain free with a unique lancet introducing comfort zone technology
  • Blood test results in 4 seconds
  • Coloured covers to personalize your device
  • 0.3 microlitre sample for easy and comfortable testing
  • Meal markers for controlling your diabetes

The device has a rubber grip, which makes it easy to use and prevents it sliding off surfaces.

Alternative site testing is available for blood glucose tests however ketone testing should be done on the fingers alone.

The Glucoject Duel S lancing device that comes with the meter has Comfort Zone technology designed to reduce pain when testing. A number of different coloured skins are available for use with the meter.


This is the Glucomen LX Plus and I’ll explain the plus later. It comes in a nice little bag and it can fit on a belt, just there. Comes with your blood test machine, held in place with a nice little bit of elastic, with a clear screen so you can still use the meter.

The Glucomen LX Plus does two things, it tests for blood glucose like any blood test meter; it also tests for ketones. However, it does do both, which is unusual. I’ll bring it out just to show you from the little packet.

It’s got some really nice features just as a meter. It’s got this kind of rubberized side, which is quite easy to hold and gives you a bit of sort of traction. It’s also got little rubberised feet again so if you’ve got it down on a table, it’s not skidding about which is rather groovy.

These little things are skins so if you’re not too keen on black or it’s a bit too somber, not only are there different colours but some of them have some groovy little additional bits of fun on the back.
So you’re sort of typical sensors. These are kind of slim and what you need to be aware of is that the gold bit and on the green side goes up. It goes into the top of the meter; the actual blood channel is here. So you don’t need to do anything to the machine. If you go as far as to put the strip i, it knows already that you’re testing for blood and I’ll do a ketone one in a second.

This finger pricker has got a piece of technology where there’s lot of little bobbles on the end and the idea is that as you blood test, the pain is minimized by the fact you have a little circle, your fingers feeling a sort of bigger, bit of touch so when the finger pricker goes i, its not quite so dramatic.

It’s perfectly fine to use, so in we go and it counts down just in 4 seconds and gives you a blood test result so 11.9, if this had been over 13.9, then it would probably be telling me that I needed to do a ketone test as well. Because I’m here doing this, I’m going to do the ketone test at the same time.

So the difference with the ketone strips is that they come in foil and when you open them up, they’re actually of a lilac colour so these are colour coded like that, similar thing gold goes in the top and your blood channel is just there.

An important thing to know about testing for ketones, you must use blood from your fingertip, you can’t use alternative site testing which you can actually use for normal blood testing.

And here we go… and off it goes counting down again.

It takes 10 seconds to countdown as opposed to just 4 seconds for the blood glucose but as I’m actually only 11.9, which is a bit high but I’ve only just had something to eat. It’s saying low so I’m absolutely fine and there’s no alarms going off so this is good and I’m quite happy that I’ve got a result of no ketones and I shall just keep going on with my day.

The point of ketones and the point of having a 2 in 1 meter like this. If you have sustained high blood sugars, your body is going to start creating ketones. You can look up elsewhere on this site, I’ve done a video on ketoacidosis, it’s actually usually known as diabetic ketoacidosis or DKA, and it’s the reason most diabetics get hospitalized, especially Type 1 diabetics.

It’s a persistent high blood sugar and if it’s not addressed, A if you don’t notice it or B don’t start tackling it, you will probably end up hospitalized.

How it’s happening is your body is breaking down proteins and as a bi-product, ketones are formed and they’re in your bloodstream and they aren’t good for you. Some people see a need for testing for ketones on a daily basis, others aren’t so sure that it’s necessary.

It’s pretty much any time you’re going over 14.0 millimoles per litre which some of us do on a regular basis, maybe post-meal and in which case you probably shouldn’t necessarily go and do a ketone test.

Having said that, if you’re ill or if you’re susceptible to sudden high blood sugars or unexpected high blood sugars, it can help you to know if you have ketones. Usually what you need to do, is start taking more insulin and bring yourself down and to keep blood testing. The main thing is to keep blood testing.

GlucoMen LX Plus ketone testing

High blood glucose results will trigger a warning to test for ketones. Measurements for ketones use a different set of strips which are individually packaged in foil.

MenaDiab diabetes management software

The MenaDiab software allows you to download your results to a PC so you can review your results at a later stage. The data cable is available from Menarini and will connect to your computer via USB connection.

GlucoMen LX Plus test strips

The GlucoMen LX takes GlucoMen LX sensors and GlucoMen LX ß-Ketone sensors.

GlucoMen LX Plus technical details

  • Blood sample size: 0.3uL for glucose, 0.8uL for ketone
  • Time to result: 4 seconds for glucose, 10 seconds for ketone
  • Measurement range: Glucose 1.1 – 33.3 mmol/L and Ketone 0.1 – 8.0 mmol/L
  • Haematocrit range: 25-60%
  • Memory: 400 test results
  • Averages: 1, 7, 14 and 30 days
  • Batteries: 3V lithium CR 2450
  • Battery life: Approximately 1,000 tests
  • Dimensions: 58 x 98 x 17 mm
  • Weight: 75g

Operating conditions

  • Temperature: 5 to 45 °C (41 to 113 °F)
  • Humidity: 10 – 90% relative humidity, non-condensing

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