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Wed May 29 17:42:37 UTC 2013

Do Blood Glucose Meters need to be replaced? if so, how often? And how can you tell?
Asked By: boebinger  

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I am a Type 2 diabetic, only on medications, not insulin. Diagnosed 10 years ago.
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2013-10-11 22:25:12.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Blood glucose meters have varying lifespan. There is no exact number of years. We recommend our clinic patients who test frequently (3-4 or more times daily) to replace their meters in about 2 years. Others may use their meter a little longer.

Use the control solution to determine if the meter is working properly. Use the control solution every time or every other time you open a new box of test strips. Perhaps you accidentally dropped your meter or left it in the cold or heat for a period of time. This is another reason for using the control solution.

Accurate blood glucose readings are important to determine how much diabetes medicines to take or how to adjust your lifestyle (diet and activity).

Take good care of your meter. Better blood glucose control results in fewer complications of diabetes.

Read about life of a meter!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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