How do diabetes test strips work?
When blood is placed onto the glucose test strip, it reacts with a chemical called glucose oxidase producing gluconic acid from the glucose in the blood. At the other end of the test strip, the meter transfers a current to the test strip. The glucose test strip has electric terminals which allow the meter to measure the current between the terminals.
How long do blood glucose test strips last for?
Blood glucose test strips will usually have a use by date on the strips or box they come in. After opening, blood glucose test strip will typically be good to use for another 3 to 6 months but refer to the box or information leaflet for advice specific to your brand of test strips
How accurate are blood glucose testing strips?
Blood glucose test strip should meet specific International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accuracy standards when used with the meter they are designed for.