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What is a Diabetic Test Strip?

A diabetic test strip is used to measure blood glucose levels. These glucose test strips are used with a blood glucose meter to help individuals monitor their blood sugar levels. The test involves placing a small drop of blood on the strip, which the meter then reads to provide a blood sugar level reading.

How to Use Diabetic Test Strips

1. Wash and dry your hands to ensure cleanliness.
2. Prepare the lancing device and insert a new lancet.
3. Insert the diabetic test strip into the glucose meter.
4. Prick your fingertip (or another approved site) with the lancing device to get a drop of blood.
5. Place the drop of blood on the designated area of the test strip.
6. Wait for the meter to display your blood glucose level.
7. Record the result if necessary and dispose of the used lancet and test strip properly.

Best Way to Store Diabetic Test Strips

Keep them in their original container to protect them from air and moisture.
Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat.
Do not refrigerate as extreme temperatures can affect their accuracy.
Close the container immediately after removing a strip to prevent exposure to air.

Do Diabetic Test Strips Expire?

Yes, diabetic test strips do expire. Using expired strips can lead to inaccurate readings. Always check the expiration date on the container and do not use strips past this date.

How Accurate are Diabetic Test Strips?

Diabetic test strips are generally accurate, but their accuracy can vary based on factors such as the meter used, user technique, and strip condition. Most modern strips meet the ISO standard, which requires results to be within ±15% of laboratory values for blood glucose levels over 100 mg/dL, and within ±15 mg/dL for values under 100 mg/dL.

What is a Normal Blood Sugar Level on Test Strips?

A normal blood sugar level on test strips for a person not living with diabetes typically is:

  • Fasting: 70-100 mg/dL

For people living with diabetes, the target blood sugar levels can be:

  • Fasting: 80-130 mg/dL
  • Two hours after eating: Less than 180 mg/dL

These targets can vary based on individual health conditions and recommendations from healthcare providers.

While normal blood sugar levels are generally consistent across ages, there can be slight variations:

  • Children (under 6 years): 80-180 mg/dL
  • Children (6-12 years): 70-150 mg/dL
  • Teens and adults: 70-140 mg/dL

These ranges may vary slightly based on guidelines from different health organizations.

Do Type 2 Diabetics Need Test Strips?

Yes, individuals with Type 2 diabetes often use test strips to monitor their blood glucose levels, especially if they are on insulin therapy or other medications that can cause hypoglycemia. Regular monitoring helps manage their condition effectively.

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