A Blood Glucose Test Strip is usually a plastic strip embeds with chemicals that will cause a reaction when they come in contact with the glucose in your blood. A glucose meter is able to measure this reaction and generate the result in a numeric form that represents the level of glucose in your blood and displays it. The numeric result can be presented either in mg/dl (milligrams per decilitre) or mmol/l (millimoles per litre).
A Blood Glucose Test Strip is disposable and should only be used once. It is an essential component when coming to blood glucose testing. Without it, a glucose meter will be totally unusable. Hence it is always essential to ensure a continuous supply of non-expired test strips.
Where To Purchase And Price Range :
A typical Blood Glucose Meter usually come with 10 – 20 Test Strips (as bundled) for FREE. Test Strips can also be purchased separately in multiples of 50 or 100 with price varies, either online (shipping costs incurred) or directly from any medical store.
To ensure accurate measurement, it is strongly recommended that you should use glucose test strips that are recommended for the particular make and model of glucose meter you are using. Make sure you read the owners manual that comes with your meter for this.
More Information :
– In June 2008, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) reported that some patients were using LifeScan OneTouch Ultra test strips with Abbott Precision Xtra meters which resulted in false and misleading low glucose readings. Read more information here.
– A Blood Glucose Test Strip is not the same as Pregnancy Test Strip nor Urine Test Strip.