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is there an alternative to urinaalysis strip diastix?

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Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 45 years experience
Blood glucose tests: Diastix measure glucose in urine. This is a very inaccurate picture of what is going on in the blood stream, as the urine being tested may have been produced hours ago. Self blood glucose monitoring, using a small blood specimen, is much more accurate. It is the standard followed by most diabetic patients.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

I have used a diastix and its shown up dark brown so what's that?

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Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 45 years experience
Sugar in urine: The darker the reaction on the diastix the more glucose is in the urine being tested.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What is diastix?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Urine test for sugar: These were used to test the urine for glucose before home blood sugar testing became widely available. Tests for urine glucose are less helpful because they don't show anything unless blood sugar is over 180, and because they show what the blood sugar has been since the last time someone urinated, instead of what the sugar is right now.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How accurate are the diastix strips?

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Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 45 years experience
Accurate for urine: Diastix are fairly accurate for telling how much glucose is in the urine; however, this is not always a good indicator of the current level of glucose in the blood, as the urine excreted may have been produced many hours before.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Are keto-diastix supposed to be colored before using them?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Some are: Some of the bands are colored before you test, but the colors can change if the strips are old or contaminated by light, heat or moisture.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What does a dark brown diastix mean?

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Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 45 years experience
Sugar in urine: The darker the reaction on the diastix the more glucose is in the urine being tested.

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