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What is a Blood Glucose Test Strip?

Glucose meters are extremely important tools for testing, monitoring and keeping up with your diabetes. However, along with the actual glucose meter itself and the needles, you need one more thing before you can begin testing your blood glucose levels, and that is blood glucose test strips. There are several important things to know about blood glucose test strips for you glucose monitor that are especially important in the purchasing of your diabetic testing supplies. These things to know include what exactly they are and how to find strips to fit your glucose meter when shopping for diabetic testing supplies.

Testing strips are very small, about one and a half inches long and less than a centimeter wide, with two distinctive ends. These ends are important, because one is the testing end and the other is not. The testing end is easy to pick out because it has a small colored section on it. The entire strip is coated with a special substance, but only the testing end can be used to test your blood glucose levels. The blood from your finger prick is collected in the testing end of the strip and is then used by the glucose meter to give you a reading of your blood glucose levels.

Finding and purchasing blood glucose testing strips for your glucose meter doesn’t have to be a huge deal. Instead of wading through the dozens of types of testing strips for glucose meters in your local pharmacy or department store, try asking for help straight away. This will ensure you that someone who knows exactly what you need, can help you find them, and that they will fit and can be used in your specific glucose meter. Testing strips can sometimes be picky about which meters they want to work in, so asking for help immediately is not a bad idea.

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