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According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, our risk for developing diabetes increases as we age. More than one-third of all cases of diagnosed diabetes occur in people aged 65 years or older. Diabetes often leads to chronic conditions that eventually result in death, such as heart disease and kidney disease.¹
To help keep diabetes managed, diabetes supplies are crucial. There are several different diabetes supplies necessary to safely manage diabetes, including but not limited to, glucose meters, glucose test strips and controls.
Blood Glucose Meters
Blood glucose can be checked with a glucose meter. If regular testing is required, an easy to use meter is recommended. There are many brands of diabetic testing supplies to choose from such as Roche, McKesson, and Bayer. When used and stored properly, blood glucose meters are accurate in how they measure glucose, however it is important to talk to your doctor regarding finding the right glucose meter for you. Additionally, glucose meters differ in the type and number of features.
Here are several factors to consider when choosing a blood glucose meter:
Blood Glucose Test Strips
Test Strips are the strips that go into the glucose meter and hold the sample of blood for testing. Test strips come in different shapes and sizes for handling and to better capture the blood sample such a wide or bevel tip. Most test strips require tiny blood samples (0.6 microliter) and can be obtained by a lancet (prick) from the finger, palm or forearm. Glucose test strips come with instructions for use and handling as well as shelf-life for best results. Be sure to read what test strips are compatible with your specific glucose meter.
Some popular test strips include:
Blood Glucose Controls
Glucose Control Solution contains a known amount of glucose and is used to check that the meter and the test strips are working properly. Controls are used in place of a blood sample and the results on the meter should match a range listed on the vial of test strips used with the glucose meter. If the result is outside of the range listed on the test strip vial, this indicates a problem with either the meter or the test strips. Be sure to check expiration dates on test strips or contact the manufacturer for issues or concerns.
The Food and Drug Administration recommends using a blood glucose control solution:
¹Source: Centers of Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/risk/age/olderAdults.html
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