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Diabetic Test Strips, How They Work and Their Importance to Diabetics

Diabetic test strips, also called blood glucose test strips, play a vital role in helping you to keep track of your daily blood glucose level and giving your physician the data to adjust your medication to manage your diabetes symptoms. Without these little disposable strips’ help, life with diabetes can turn out to be even more chaotic than you’ll imagine.

How Do Diabetic Test Strips Work?

While so many different brands of blood glucose test strips and meters are on the market, each having its own technology and design, they all basically work in the same fashion. A test strip is actually made of different layers, with each having its own function. The top layer works like a mini sponge that soaks up your blood, while the middle layers filter the specimen and routes it to the reaction center.

The next layer is comprised of three basic parts: the enzyme reacting with the blood sugar, a mediator chemical that accelerates the electrons along the strip’s circuit to make way for an accurate reading before the reaction stops, and a mixture of chemicals that stabilize as well as preserve the enzyme and mediator chemicals.

At the bottom is the gold and palladium-coated circuit that takes the reaction electrons to the meter for analysis. Therefore, when you drop your blood sample on the colored patch at the end of the strip, your blood initiates a number of very quick events: first, the blood is soaked up by the absorbent layer, then it is filtered through the narrow chamber by way of induced capillary action, and finally, it reaches the bottom layer where an electrochemical reaction occurs to generates an electrical current. This signal then travels passes through the circuit en route to the meter where a computer chip translates the current into a numerical reading.
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Why Are These Strips Important to Diabetics?
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As you may already know, monitoring your blood glucose level is critical to managing your diabetes. If you want to save money by skipping on blood tests, picture your life or at least the pricier medication and treatment that come with the complications, such as stroke, heart attack, leg amputation, and blindness. As well, when you know that your blood glucose level is in the normal range, you can act according to your present condition and not have to guess what could happen next.

Knowing when you have to test your blood glucose level, how to use your test strips properly to avoid wastage, and how to eat healthily are all better ways to save money on these strips. Moreover, you can also buy these strips from other diabetic patients who, for one reason or another, have unused but unexpired and good-condition supplies that they would rather sell to other s at a more affordable price, instead of throwing them away.

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