#1. They may be fine.
#2. Either high or low.
I believe that humidity affects the strips more than anything. (I'm not talking about rough handling with your hands which I'm sure can also affect results.) I always understood that we should be sure to keep the plastic container tightly closed and to store it in a dry place, not the bathroom for instance.
I would test my blood sugar twice, with an older strip and then a new one and see if there's a significant difference. If the results are rather close, I'd just continue using them. If you are type 1 and rely on accurate testing before administering insulin, you might not want to use them if you're in doubt. But, again, try doing two tests right after another with the same meter and judge for yourself.
Try contacting the manufacturer and asking the same question. You might get an informative answer and they might send you another container. Doesn't hurt to ask.
Personally, since July last year is not that long ago and if the container has remained closed, I'd use them.
Maybe someone else has a better-informed answer....
According to several online sites, 1/2 fresh grapefruit has about
9 gr. carbs (13 if it's a pink grapefruit). That seems reasonable as long as you don't dump sugar on it before you eat it. Even though this fruit isn't particularly sweet it does have carbs (like broccoli has carbs!) but it also has good nutrition and fiber so if it doesn't mess up your blood sugar, go for it!
Laniediabetes moderatordiabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
very low carb way of eating
Post Edited (LanieG) : 2/16/2011 3:50:51 PM (GMT-7)