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Staying Healthy With Accu-Chek Diabetes Test Strips

Make sure your blood sugar is at safe levels by squeezing a drop of blood onto Accu-Chek glucose test strips. These helpful strips can be inserted into a monitor to display blood glucose levels, making them very useful for regulating diabetes, hypoglycemia, and other blood glucose disorders. eBay has all sorts of inexpensive Accu-Chek testing strip options, so you can buy a starter kit or get a bulk pack to stock up for months.

How do you tell if the strips fit your monitor?

You will need to make sure the test strips are compatible if you already own a meter you plan on using with the strips. Accu-Chek strips are not universally compatible, so check the product description for the strips carefully. They will need to be specifically labeled for use with a meter product line, such as Aviva, Nano, Smartview, or Guide. Strips will work with all meters within a product line, so for example, Guide test strips will work with both the Accu-Chek Guide and Accu-Chek Guide Me meter.

How to pick out the right number of testing strips

Buying new diabetes test strips in bulk often lets you get lower prices per strip so you can save money. However, you do not want to buy so many you cannot use them up before they expire since expired strips will not work as accurately. Depending on your health, your doctor might recommend you test your blood sugar anywhere from 4 to 10 times a day. Take the number of strips you are considering buying and divide it by the number of times you test your blood sugar to see how many days the strips will last. Then, check to make sure you can use up the strips before the expiration date.

What comes in new Accu-Chek test strip kits?

Different kits come with different products, so always read the description to see what is included with any listing. If you look at the test strip kits on eBay, you may find that they include one or more of these items:

  • Test strips: You may find kits with anywhere from 50 to 300 strips.
  • Meter: The meter or monitor will display the results of your glucose blood test.
  • Lancing device: This is a pen shaped tool that pricks the finger to draw just the right amount of blood.
  • Lancets: Lancets are the thin items that you load into the device to get a sterile finger prick each time.
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