What are the parts of a blood glucose meter for diabetes?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
All meter systems have three separate components. First is the meter itself. Usually smaller than a cell phone, it is the brains of the system.

The next component of the system is test strips. They are thin flexible plastic matchsticks between half an inch and an inch long; usually an eighth inch or so wide. They are actually quite a bit more complex than they appear; sandwiched between the plastic top and bottom is quite a bit of science. The strips are designed to wick in a small blood sample for analysis by the meter. They are disposable one-shot wonders.

The third part of the meter trilogy is the lancing device. Often vaguely pen-shaped, this is a spring-loaded plastic mechanism whose job it is to poke a small hole in your skin with minimum pain.
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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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