So I'm sure some of you have heard and some of you haven't heard about the current grassroots campaign to get the FDA to be more strict in their requirements and monitoring of test strip accuracy.
Did you know that for blood sugars over 75 mg/dl your meter only has to be within +/- 20% of your actual number to be FDA approved? (That means, for example, that a reading of 100 on your meter means your actual blood sugar is somewhere between 80 and 120.)
And recent studies have shown that many meters/strips on the market don't even meet those accuracy requirements. (Read more here: http://www.jdst.org/September2012/PDF/VOL-6-5...)
So people with diabetes have started a letter-writing campaign to get the attention of the FDA. That campaign is called Strip Safely (http://www.stripsafely.com/). Visit the website to learn how to let your voice be heard.
Also, there's a fun Diabetes Art Day, today, August 26, 2013, that you can use your used strips to create art that draws attention to this important issue. You can see some great creative examples here: http://www.diabetesartday.com/diabetes-art-da...
So speak up! Let the FDA know that you cannot make good food and medication choices if you can't trust the number on your meter.
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