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From Guilford, Connecticut, USA:

Can other substances in the blood, besides glucose, affect the glucose reading on a meter?


Under normal circumstances, meters are very specific for glucose, but in certain medical conditions, substances can interfere with the meter's accuracy. For example, sometimes, if blood is very acid, or has a lot of ketones, it can confuse the meter.

It is also important to remember that sugar on your hands can affect the readings, if the strips are contaminated.


[Editor's comment: Please see: How to Assure that your Blood Glucose Meter is Working Accurately. SS]

Original posting 12 Jan 2001
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections


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