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Out of date test strips over or under read

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by Laconic, May 25, 2022.

  1. Laconic

    Laconic · Well-Known Member

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    Hi all

    As the title suggests, I would like to do some testing mainly 2 hours after meals, found my accu chek performa nano and test strips expired June 2020 .
    I’m guessing there not safe to use, but if I did would they over or under read would I have to add or subtract a figure to get an accurate reading.
     
  2. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    To be honest there is no way of really knowing, they could be accurate, they could show low, they could show high, or they may just not work
     
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  3. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I'd buy a new pot of teststrips. I wouldn't expect the changes to be predictable.
     
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    Riva_Roxaban Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I can't help, as I have never had any out of date strips to use.
     
  5. Robbity2

    Robbity2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My original meter over 7 years ago was a Nano which I used for about a year. I recently resurrected it after my current Contour Next mysteriously went walk about. and I found some well expired Accu Chek strips. I used these as a last resort while in the process of replacing the Contour, then also tried both side by side for a few days out of curiosity as the Nano was giving me very similar figures to those from my Contour o_Oo_O. To say the least I was more than slightly gobsmacked, so it may be worth a try to see how using your old strips might compare with your recent readings, but I wouldn't necessarily rely on them!
     
  6. Laconic

    Laconic · Well-Known Member

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    Hi all just parted with £20 to buy some new strips results not much difference the old strips were over reading by 0.1 mmol
    But least I can be certain now
     
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