How are glucose test strips used for blood sugar monitoring?

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Requirements for how glucose test strips are used will vary with monitoring devices. Check the instructions for using glucose test strips with the make and model of the monitoring device that you use. The general method for use is that a glucose test strip is placed into the monitoring device. Then you use a special needle to pierce your finger and put a drop of blood onto the glucose test strip. The strip contains chemicals that will react with the glucose in your blood; when the strip is inserted into the meter, the device can "read" the chemical reaction and provide you with a measurement of your blood sugar levels. After you get a test result, the glucose test strip is removed from the monitoring device and disposed of.

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