Dreadful Test Results
Monitoring of blood glucose levels for those living with diabetes is not simply an informational exercise. The results of those regular glucose tests are meant to provide the individual with information that can allow them to avoid some very serious medical consequences. When a person is diagnosed with diabetes, their medical team will go through a very extensive educational process with them. They will do much more than train them on how to test their blood glucose levels. They will also teach them how to interpret the results and how they should respond to those results. They will learn what a normal glucose level should be and what would be a low reading versus a high reading. They will also be instructed on what the appropriate action should be in response to an abnormally low or abnormally high glucose reading. What that response is, will depend on the type of diabetes the individual has and the specific recommendations of their physician.
In particular, their medical team will advise them on what types of readings would be considered a medical emergency and how to respond in those very serious situations. As you can see, the accuracy of a person's glucose test can be extremely critical at times. A reading that shows a normal glucose level, when, in reality, the person's glucose level is dangerously high, could cause the situation to get worse without the individual understanding the seriousness of the situation. So, how can a person ensure that they are getting the most accurate reading possible from their diabetic test strips?
When purchasing diabetic test strips, look for clinical testing of accuracy. TrueTrack Test Strips, for example, list clinically tested accuracy of 100% for first time users. In order to get an accurate reading from your diabetic test strip, you need to be sure that a large enough blood sample was collected on the strip. All the strips carried by DiabeticCare.com require a very small blood sample to be accurate, however, it is still possible for your sample to be too small. Different brands of diabetic test strips provide extra assurance of accuracy in a variety of ways. TrueRead test strips have an audible signal to let you know that the strip had been adequately filled. The One Touch Ultra Blue strips automatically draw in the correct amount of blood when you touch the tip to your drop of blood. If you prefer an visual indicator on your strip the Accu-Chek Comfort Curve provides a window on their strip. It also allows you to apply additional blood to the strip for up to 15 seconds, if the indicator window shows a need for more.
With all these options, there real is no need for guesswork in regard to providing an adequate blood sample. Another thing that can affect the accuracy of the reading is the age of the strips. Diabetic test strips come with an expiration date. As test strips age, they can lose some of their accuracy. It is important to keep fresh supplies on hand. That is one of the reasons we recommend our monthly auto-shipments. You receive fresh supplies each month, and we never ship anything that doesn't have at least 12 months until its expiration date. Ensuring accurate glucose test results is extremely important to the health and well-being of anyone living with diabetes. Glucose testing supplies are one area that you want to make sure that you are receiving a top quality product. Accuracy and reliability don't need to be expensive. You have plenty of affordable options to provide you with peace of mind, each time you check your blood glucose level.