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Whether you are new at blood sugar testing, or an experienced diabetic, handling diabetes testing strips can be challenging.
As the glucometers have gotten more sophisticated, and so it seems that the test strips have gotten smaller.
Here are a few tips for handling those small pesky strips:
1. Lie a white papertowel or facial tissue
on the counter or table where you are
going to be doing your testing.
- Gently shake a diabetes testing strip
out of the vial, onto the white paper.
Since the majority of testing strips are
darker in color, this allows you to see
2. Though you don't need to wear disposable
gloves when you are testing your own
blood, the latex or vinyl makes gripping
the test strip a little bit easier.
3. If you don't have fingernails to pick up the
testing strips, a pair of hemostats or
clampable tweezers can grab the strips
from the vial for direct insertion into
your glucose monitor.
As the strips and glucometers get smaller, the challenge in handling them becomes greater, especially with vision problems and neuropathy - serious complications of long term diabetes.
If you are unable to effectively manage your strips, talk to your doctor the challenges you are having with your diabetic supplies, and about switching to a meter with larger strips, rather than skipping your blood sugar testing.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|