What should I know about glucose test strips for measuring my blood sugar?

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If you have diabetes, your doctor or clinician will show you how to check your blood sugar -- or glucose -- levels with a glucose monitor. To use this device, you poke your finger with a lancet and lancing device, and squeeze a drop of blood onto a glucose test strip. Depending on different brands or models, some require more blood samples than others. The blood glucose test strips will then be inserted into the blood glucose meter. There are chemicals on the strip that react with your blood sample that will estimate the amount of sugar in your blood.

Generally, the manufacturer of glucose meters specifically designed their blood glucose test strips for their meters. You may also need to check to see if your meter is 'coded" to match a particular batch of diabetes test strips. In this case you would have to enter a code number into the meter or by inserting a code chip. Some diabetes test strips have the coding built in. Each time you open a new vial of test strips, you would have to "code' your meter. Remember to store your strips in their original container away from heat, humidity because temperature and exposure to air can all affect strips.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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