Glucose Test Strip

Diabetes test strips, also called glucometer test strips, are used
with a Diabetes meter to help measure the level of sugar (glucose) in
the blood stream. Test strips are designed to be paired with specific
meters. In order to use a test strip properly, a small blood sample is
drawn from the body using a lancet. The sample is placed on the blood
glucose test strip and then run through the Diabetes meter.

Each blood glucose test meter and test strip system works differently;
some meters use light reflected from the test strip to measure the
amount of sugar in the blood, while other systems rely upon
electricity generated from the chemical reaction in the test strip.

Diabetes test strips vary based on which chemical, or reagent, is used
to react with the sugar in the blood. The three chemical bases used to
make test strips are: Glucose oxidase (GLOO-kohs ok-si-deys),
dehydrogenase (DEE-hy-druh-juh-neys) and hexokinase (hek-SUH-Ky-neys).
The manufacturer of each Diabetic meter determines which chemical is
used for each particular style of Diabetic test strip.

Generic Test Strips

While all meter manufacturers make test strips that are designed
specifically for use with their meters, you may be able to find
generic test strips, that generally cost significantly less, to fit
your meter. These generic test strips are called “generic glucose
reagent strips.” Be sure to check with the manufacturer of your meter
to ensure that the generic test strips you purchase will be compatible
with your Diabetes meter.

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