There’s no denying that managing diabetes is expensive! Save your dollars by cutting down on waste. Diabetic Living diabetes educator Dr Kate Marsh explains how:
1. Keep an eye on your strips’ use-by dates, especially if you are monitoring your blood glucose levels less often.
2. Store your strips in a cool, dry place.
3. Always put the lid straight back on the bottle after removing a test strip, to avoid exposing them to air and moisture.
4. Make sure you have a good drop of blood before applying it to the strip, to avoid error messages and wasted strips.
5. Always wash your hands before monitoring to ensure an accurate reading.
6. Speak with your diabetes educator or doctor about the best times to monitor. A short period of structured monitoring (before and after meals for a few days) can be more helpful than just monitoring every morning if your levels at this time are always stable.
For more handy hints and tips on managing your diabetes, check out Diabetic Living magazine, on sale at newsagents, supermarkets and through Google Play and the App Store now!