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Diabetes: How Do Glucose Meters Work?

When blood is placed onto a blood glucose meter test strip, it reacts with 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 test strip has electric terminals which allow the meter to measure the current between the terminals. The current between the terminals changes depending on the level of gluconic acid that has been produced. The blood glucose meter then uses an algorithm to work out the blood glucose level based upon the difference in current. A glucose meter is a medical device for determining the approximate concentration of glucose in the blood. It can also be a strip of glucose paper dipped into a substance and measured to the glucose chart. It is a key element of home blood glucose monitoring (HBGM) by people with diabetes mellitus or hypoglycemia. A small drop of blood, obtained by pricking the skin with a lancet, is placed on a disposable test strip that the meter reads and uses to calculate the blood glucose level. The meter then displays the level in units of mg/dl or mmol/l. There are many companies who provide glucose meters and also selling Diabetic Test S Continue reading >>

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  1. Rahulg

    I jus got to knw dat my Hba1c is 7.8 percent. I am worried wot its is. Doctor adviced me dis test as i was suffering from some skin alllergies from last one year regularly. I am 90 kgs 5.9 feet 30 years old married guy. Is it serious nd can it be cured widout medication as well

  2. anup

    No cure for diabetes and if anyone claims cure it is Quackery.
    I follow LCHF diet and fifth year on ZERO drugs. Check my profile for last four A1C values:
    Diabetes can be managed very well with drastically reduced dependence on drugs by following LCHF diet. More than 400 Indian diabetics have benefited ever since I started talking LCHF diet in 2013 on this forum.

    You are young and have a long life ahead. So switch to LCHF. If not, then insulin injections will become your permanent partner in less than 2 decades and you will need drugs for hypertension, cholesterol etc because High Carb Low fat diet is the worst diet for a diabetic, no matter who says it.

  3. patliputra

    Many skin conditions are manifestation of diabetes specially type 2. Please get a complete evaluation of your physical and diabetic condition. Keep a record of it. It will serve as base line reference for your case.

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