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Diabetes Test Strips

By July 19, 2018 Uncategorized

Diabetes Test Strips

Diabetes Test Strips

Glucose Test Strip

Glucose Test Strip

Diabetes test strips, also called glucometer test strips, are used with a Diabetes meter to help measure the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood stream. Test
strips are designed to be paired with specific meters. In order to use
a test strip properly, a small blood sample is drawn from the body
using a lancet. The sample is placed on the blood glucose test strip
and then run through the Diabetes meter.

Each Diabetic meter and test strip system works differently; some
meters use light reflected from the test strip to measure the amount of
sugar in the blood, while other systems rely upon electricity generated
from the chemical reaction in the test strip.

Blood glucose test strips vary based on which chemical, or reagent,
is used to react with the sugar in the blood. The three chemical bases
used to make test strips are: Glucose oxidase (GLOO-kohs ok-si-deys),
dehydrogenase (DEE-hy-druh-juh-neys) and hexokinase (hek-SUH-Ky-neys).
The manufacturer of each Diabetic meter determines which chemical is
used for each particular style of Diabetic test strip.

Generic Test Strips

While all meter manufacturers make test strips that are designed
specifically for use with their meters, you may be able to find generic
test strips, that generally cost significantly less, to fit your meter.
These generic test strips are called “generic glucose reagent strips.”
Be sure to check with the manufacturer of your meter to ensure that the
generic test strips you purchase will be compatible with your Diabetes

See your doctor for more information about blood glucose test strips and other diabetic supplies.


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