Diabetic Test Strips: Frequently Asked Questions


Some frequently asked questions with answers from Diathrive


Since our business is offering diabetic test strips for sale at a much lower cost than any other provider, people frequently ask Diathrive questions like:

  • Why should I buy diabetic test strips?
  • How do diabetic test strips work?
  • How much do diabetic test strips cost?
  • Why are diabetic test strips so expensive? What's the price of generic diabetic test strips?
  • Do you have discount diabetic test strips? Do you have low-cost diabetic test strips?
  • Do you need a prescription for diabetic test strips?
  • Can expired diabetic test strips give false readings? Do diabetic test strips go bad? Why do they put an expiration date on diabetic test strips?
  • What are the different brands of diabetic test strips? Does the brand matter?

Why you I buy diabetes test strips? 

Checking your blood sugar is the first step in managing your diabetes. If you don't know what your blood sugar is how can you know what you need to do to control it? 

How do diabetes test strips work? 

A drop of blood is applied to the intake port on the strip, usually indicated by a clear area in the strip where you can see the blood run up the strip. Inside the strip the blood mixes with an enzyme. The meter then runs electricity through that mixture. The meter gauges the resistance to the electricity to determine your blood sugar reading. 

How much diabetes test strips cost? 

Generally, the answer is TOO MUCH

Why are diabetic test strips expensive, and what's the price of generic diabetic test strips? 

It's because the manufacturers and insurance companies want to make as much money as possible. 

Do you have discount low-cost diabetic test strips?

At Diathrive we offer high-quality diabetes testing supplies at an affordable, reasonable cost. The most important consideration when buying test strips is that you buy them from a company you trust. At Diathrive we even provide you with control solution with every order so you can always verify the quality of your diabetes test strips. There are discount and generic test strips, but most of the time the strips we find online that are inexpensive are strips that are about to expire. 

Do you need a prescription for diabetic test strips?

If you're going to buy through your insurance you need a prescription and might have to meet other requirements. At Diathrive you don't need insurance or a prescription.

Can expired diabetic test strips give false reading? Do they all go bad?

Diabetic test strips have an expiration date because the enzyme on the strip can be affected by heat, cold, moisture and other factors. Damaged or expired strips can give false readings that are very far from your true blood sugar. That's why at Diathrive we always provide you with strips that are at least a year from their expiration date. Usually, you have about 15-18 months to use your strips before they expire. 

Does the brand of glucose meters and diabetic test strips you choose matter? 

It is most important to make sure to use the same brand of meter and strip. Don't mix two different brands. There are many brands of meters and strips available in the US. Most of them are big brands who overcharge for their products. This continues to perpetuate the financial burden of living with diabetes. Diathrive's prices are 30-90% cheaper than our competition and you get your supplies through priority mail. We're the most affordable, convenient option to get hospital quality diabetes testing supplies. Most importantly, we are transparent with our pricing while most brands wouldn't dare show their markups. 

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