Testing blood sugar

By JSJB Latest Reply 2012-02-15 13:22:46 -0600
Started 2012-02-07 04:48:56 -0600

Does it matter on what hand or finger you test your blood sugar? I was pre diagnosed in Sept. 2011. In Dec. 2011 the doctor gave me a test kit and suggested I test everymorning before eating or drinking. I test mostly on my left hand but once in a while I test on the right and it seems that the readings are a little higher. I test at 4am every morning and do not do anything different before the test. Also, I do not eat anything after 7pm but do drink 16 oz. of water before turning in. If this discussion was posted already I could not find it.

13 replies

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-02-10 04:34:40 -0600 Report

Either hand is fine for me, just don't use my litle fingers because they give me numbers that are way off from the other fingers..

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-09 15:35:47 -0600 Report

I test on any finger on either hand. I also have a lancing device that allows me to test on my arm. I got permission from my doctor to do the arm test. However, I run my hand in warm water during the colder months and test on the sides of my fingers instead of directly in the middle.

robertoj 2012-02-08 04:35:15 -0600 Report

It doesn't matter what hand you test on. I use both hands to give them a chance to heal. Even though they seldom hurt my fingers bruise easily.

George1947 2012-02-07 17:53:09 -0600 Report

Exactly how big a difference are you seeing? A difference of a few points may not really matter, a difference of 30 points or more may indicate a problem with circulation… check with your doctor in that case.

Meters aren't super accurate yet and small variations do happen… :)

JSJB 2012-02-08 04:24:34 -0600 Report

Since I am new to this I guess I shouldn't worry because the readings are not that much of a difference. I only test once a day in the early am thanks for your reply.

robertoj 2012-02-08 04:30:06 -0600 Report

Testing at least twice a day is a good idea. Also test before and after meals on occasion to judge how your BG is two hours after starting a meal.

Young1s 2012-02-07 10:58:41 -0600 Report

It doesn't matter. I test on both hands. Basically I test on whichever finger I think is going to feel it the least. After a while I guess you just know. I also test on both hands because I don't want any one particular finger to start to get callused. I noticed that starting to happen with one of my fingers and I don't like that.

rickbond1973 2012-02-07 05:45:22 -0600 Report

I don't believe it matters. Just pick wherever bleeds best. ;-) I always test on my left hand…think it's just because I'm right handed. I also notice that my ring finger usually bleeds more than if I try my middle finger, so I pretty much always test on that finger too.

JSJB 2012-02-07 16:16:41 -0600 Report

to get an easy drop of blood, i shake my fingers before i test thanks for the reply

bellegirl27 2012-02-15 13:07:46 -0600 Report

I always test on my right hand as I am left handed but use different fingers. Have tested on my arm too but have trouble getting enough blood to test. Good Luck

jayabee52 2012-02-15 13:22:46 -0600 Report

Howdy Belle, WELCOME to diabetic connect

Have you tried running warm water over your fingers? (dry them well before you test) and also JSJB's suggestion of shaking your fingers side to side (whole hand, if course) rapidly for a couple of minutes? If I have problems that usually helps me