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Fri May 10 21:28:58 UTC 2013

How critical is the expiration date on test strips? I have no insurance, and short dated ones, or recently expired ones, are so much cheaper online.
Asked By: russgladden  

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Type 2. Managing it with diet and metformin. A1c = 6. Test 3 times a day on average.
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2013-05-30 07:56:54.0

Hello nussgladden
Thank you for bringing your question to dLife. You ask if the expiration date on test strips is critical. Well, you would not be able to trust the result as accurate if the expiration date has been reach. I highly recommend that you apply for insurance such as Medicaid to see if you qualify for coverage. Medicaid coverage changes from State to State, but I know in PA, even if you qualify for partial coverage, diabetic testing supplies are covered.

You report an HbA1c of 6% which is very good and state you are taking Metformin. Why do you feel the need to test three times a day? Talk to your doctor about how frequently you need to test and be honest with the doctor that the cost of the strips is a problem. The doctor may be satisfied with much less frequent testing since you are in very good control and on an oral medication that has very little risk of hypoglycemia.

Answered By: Rita Juray
Accreditations: RN, MLT-ASCP, CCM, CDE
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