What are the risks of using glucose test strips?

The risks for glucose test strips are inaccurate results. It is important to follow the manufacturer's directions for use and storage of glucose test strips to reduce this risk. If you use your strips improperly, you may put yourself at risk for uncontrolled blood glucose levels, which can have dangerous consequences. Pay attention to the expiration date of glucose test strips and do not use them if they are past the expiration date. Typically, you will need to keep the glucose test strips dry and away from heat and cold. You should not use a glucose test strip if it appears to be wet or otherwise damaged.

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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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