A study found out that people with diabetes can benefit more through increased testing of blood sugar levels. People living with diabetes can find the diabetic test strips useful in monitoring and watching their blood glucose levels. The test strips can be used along with a glucose meter to know and record blood glucose levels effortlessly and repeatedly.
Test strips can be used as a handy tool in effective diabetic management saving on doctor’s visits. They can be kept in your kitty every time and are likely to be carried at all places. Here is a brief summary of the functioning, effectiveness and considerations pertaining to test strip usage for people living with diabetes.
Tips For Using Diabetic Test Strips
The diabetes test strips need a companion, a blood glucose monitor, to show results. You need to put the sample (blood) over it in order to know the blood glucose level.
Another type of diabetic test strips, which can test for ketones, are also available although these are not used abundantly. The blood glucose testing strips are commonly used for determining sugar levels. The following steps can guide you for using test strips:
1. Before pricking, examine the test trips. They should not be wet or bent. Clean and prick the finger and add a drop of blood to the test strip.
2. Review the screen of the meter after adding blood to the strip. The glucose meter displays result soon after getting the blood sample.
3. You can now compare the result from the guidelines. As per the American Diabetes Association, blood sugar ranging from 70 to 130 before meal is normal. Blood sugar should be less than 180 after eating.
If you get an error while testing with strips, check for inappropriately placed test strips. Too less or too much blood on the strip can also cause skewed results.
The diabetic test strips and glucose meter come with instructions which should always be checked. While the basic instructions/guidelines remain the same, deviation from the usual should not be ruled out. Always read labels.
The diabetic test strips usually have specified life and expiry date mentioned on the strips or packing. Using them after expiry can cause incorrect results. Once you open the test strips, use them within 3-6 months. They should be stored at room temperature and not refrigerated. Exposure to warm weather can also make the strips give incorrect results.
Avoid contact with dirt, liquids or food. If a strip gets damaged, do not use it. Store test strips within a closed vial. Always read labels to ensure you are adopting the right mechanism of using and storing test strips. A glucose meter may not be compatible with every test strip. Ensure to use a strip which is compatible with your glucose meter.
The FDA has recalled Abbott test strips owing to their false depiction of a lower blood glucose level than the actual one. The test strips’ were unable to check blood appropriately through inadequate absorption. The false display of a reduced blood sugar level (than the actual one) poses risk for a user who may resort to means for raising blood sugar which actually is not required. It could pose health risks owing to which Abbott recalled the strips.
Abbott Diabetes Care furnished the information through their website www.precisionoptiuminfo.com. People wanting/using the test strips should check the effectiveness and authenticity of the instrument by being aware of the guidelines meant for public purpose.