Diabetes test strip technology advances have made it possible for diabetes sufferers to manage their illness by themselves.
Diabetic Test strips are actually a chemically treated paper coated with enzymes and mediators, indicators and coenzymes that reacts to the glucose in the blood in order to provide you with an electronic reading that has become accurate enough to give a reading from only a single small drop of blood.
The first diabetes test strips changed color due to a chemical reaction between the chemicals in the blood and the chemicals on the diabetes test strip. The color would indicate the glucose level within the blood. An indicator scale was devised making it easy for the user to simply match the color on the strip to the color on the scale chart.
Diabetes test strips are a revolutionary product which has evolved from being a general indicator of blood glucose levels to being able to provide exact level, allowing individuals to control their diabetes and get back to living a normal live.
The inventor of these strips is listed as Kevin J. Phillips. Mr Phillips’ patent was applied for in 1994 and approved in 1996.
Originally, spectroscopy and spectroscopic equipment was necessary to locate and measure the analytes levels within human blood, making it impractical for self-testing. Current diabetes test strips can detect blood analyte levels without the need for cumbersome, expensive equipment.
Researchers found that it was difficult for many diabetes sufferers to judge the color on the first generation test strips because color perception varies between individuals and especially because poor vision associated with diabetes also affected color perception.
Digital technology advances have made it possible to base testing results on a digital read out rather to color matching, making it much more accurate and user friendly. These advances also made it easier for home users to test their blood sugar with confidence.
Diabetes test strips have not changed much over the years. They are still chemically treated paper that is designed to react to chemicals in the blood. The new home use testing meters still read the color, but the results are displayed on a small digital screen, in easy to understand numbers.
Diabetic test strips are an important part of a diabetic's treatment and maintenance. While much easier to use, it is important that first time users and individuals who are changing diabetic test equipment are instructed by specialists familiar with every aspect of both the diabetic test strip and the monitor.