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Diabetes Test Strips

Tweet Blood glucose test strips (diabetes test strips) are a key component of blood glucose testing. These small disposable strips of plastic may look insignificant but they provide a very important role in helping people with diabetes to monitor and control their diabetes. In the vast majority of cases, each meter will take one type of test strip only. There are some blood glucose meters however that take blood ketone strips as well, to test for ketone levels. How do diabetes test strips work? When blood is placed onto the 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 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. Some blood glucose test strips allow the reapplication of more blood to the same test strip if needed during the test. The amount of blo Continue reading >>

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  1. Bessie

    Hi everyone, thought I'd say hello!
    I was calorie counting but not doing very well as I think I am properly addicted to carbs (I have been bingeing on sugary cr*p). So here I am trying to kick the addition (and hopefully lose lots of weight) on Atkins. The appeal is the promise of no more hunger - I'm sick of going to bed hungry on calorie counting!
    The only thing I'm confused by is why net carb values vary between the book/website and when calculated from food labels (total carbs - fibre). Am I doing something wrong here? Also, is it my misunerstanding or can you actually eat a hell of a lot of salad veg during the induction phase? I am counting everything (according to US cup measurements on official Atkins website) but 20g net carbs seems like a hell of a lot.
    Also, where do you buy your keto-stix from? I bought some from Boots yesterday but at £9.98 for 50, they seem rather expensive.
    Sorry for all the questions, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Bessie x

  2. mick_in_warrington

    hi Bessie, welcome to the board. i was also a carb addict lol, and the first 3 days on low carb were a bit trying, but glad i persevered, as now i don't have those cravings.
    as i understand it, only the US labels have to take fibre away from carbs to get the net value. in the UK, you don't have to do that. the carbs you see listed are the net ones already (if im wrong, apologies, but i think that's how it works)
    There is a sticky at the top of the forum page, listing all the salad/veg you can have, based on 5 grams, 10 grams etc, which is really useful.
    good luck with doing this, it really does work

  3. Bessie

    Thanks Mick. Now it all makes sense! It's really weird being on this diet as I'm allowed to eat foods that were previously 'banned'.

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