How is the meter that you can test on your arm ??

By dyanne Latest Reply 2009-12-06 12:26:17 -0600
Started 2009-03-05 00:19:00 -0600

I had a friend call me tonight whom just found out she is also diabetic and was asking me what type of meter she should get. She wanted to know about the one where you can test on your arm. Does any one have any experience with it? And if so do you like it better?
Thankyou dyanne

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DaveJ 2009-12-06 12:26:17 -0600 Report

Hi. I have tried both types of meter. Started out with a finger one from Ultra. I have been a typist most of my life. Never could write worth anything that someone could read so I learned to type in High School and have used that method ever since. My fingers are sensitive.I have switched to aFreestyle Freedom meter. I use it on my left arm mostly down around the wrist above where a watch goes. I figure it is about 80% accurate vs 95 on a finger. Since my readings are all over the spectrum anyway, I can afford a 20% difference. Try this. Take a reading at your wrist, then take a reading on your arm near the joint where the meat is. Do this a minute or so apart. There will be a difference in the readings depending on where you test. This is because you are out of the main stream of the blood. I find the one down by the wrist is more accurate. The other thing I love about this meter (which most meters probably have) is the average feature. It keeps a running score average of your readings for you. I am on medicare for the meter sticks. They require a document every six months or so with a month's worth of readings. It is right there in the meter. My only criticism of the meter is I use a linux operating system called Ubuntu 7.10 and I would like a download of the data from the meter from this machine to a USB2 port. They only do the old serial port for downloads and it is strictly windows oriented. I would also like to see either a meter under the skin or an spectrum type meter that eliminates the need for taking blood. I would transmit it directly to a PDA or a computer wirelessly at the house. Because of the $1 profit per stick, I doubt if we will ever see this type of meter on the market.

2009-03-05 21:44:10 -0600 Report

Hi Dyanne. I use the Freestyle Lite too but I use the lancet from One Touch Ultra Mini. I never even feel the prick and love it. My hands don't even get sore at all anymore… The meter that your friend is talking about is the Presto, this one… WaveSenseâ„¢ Presto Meter to be exact. I have ordered it from but I haven't received it yet. Great site to get a free meter. You can use this on your palm or forearm. Hope she finds a good meter! Take care, Angie

kdroberts 2009-03-05 15:41:28 -0600 Report

Most meters offer alternative testing, just depends on what features you want. Alternative testing is quite limited and for certain things you have to use your fingers.

rbergman 2009-03-05 09:50:33 -0600 Report

Both my daughter (age 7) and I have the FreeStyle Lite meters, there are several places on the body you can test including the arm. The instructions show you the various sites that work. What I like about this meter is the strips take in the blood sample from either side instead of on the very end of the strip, which makes it easier to test other sites rather than just the finger. The downside to the FreeStyle Lite is the cost of the test strips they are a minimum of $1/strip average, whereas some other meters have less costly strips that only test from a finger site. However, I also don't understand why all meters wouldn't be able to be used on the arm or other sites, its just a matter of getting the blood into the strip (in my opinion). The FreeStyle also takes a very tiny drop of blood whereas some other meters require a larger sample and maybe that is why the test site options vary between meters, its easier to get a larger sample out of the finger then it would be the arm or leg I suppose.
Hope this was of some help.


Judimar 2009-03-05 12:56:38 -0600 Report

I use the freestyle lite as well and I love it. I mostly still test on my fingertips because that is the best place to test if you are concerned with more exact readings.

From what I read on the literature enclosed with the meter, you need to warm the area first to allow the blood to flow a bit better. You do this by rubbing or gently tapping the area to bring the blood to the surface. I agree that it is also a bit harder to get your sample from other areas besides the fingertips. My doctor's nurse also recommended to me that I use the fleshy part of the palm under or near your thumb.

I hope this information was somewhat helpful! :)

lipsie 2009-03-05 09:15:01 -0600 Report

My fiance and I have kits and you can do that. Well the other day he tried that same thing out…it's just like the regulars first off but for him anyhow, it did not work out. He did not bleed well enough from the arm to do it and he tried twice. Sorry I dunno much else. :) Sheila