Where to test?

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2014-11-01 10:22:10 -0500
Started 2014-10-31 12:08:34 -0500

OK, so I do my blood sugar tests on the meaty part of my palm as opposed to my fingers. Pros? Cons? What do you say?

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6 replies

suecsdy 2014-11-01 10:22:10 -0500 Report

I've been testing on the heel of my palm for about a month. The readings seem consistent with what I was getting on my fingers. It bleeds easier than the finger and doesn't hurt as much, sometimes not at all and the next time I need to poke, there is no residual pain. Sometimes I do get a reading that seems out of line and will test again and same as with fingers reading can vary. Then I consider what I ate last, how long ago, good carbs or not and try to be honest with myself.

GabbyPA 2014-11-01 08:35:34 -0500 Report

Some meters come with accessories to allow you to test in alternative sites, but it has always been my understanding that unless the meter directs you to do that, it's not intended for alternate testing sites.

Do you get much difference when you test on your palm or your fingers? Have you done any comparison? Even testing from finger to finger can vary, but they are generally pretty close. I have always used my fingers and thumbs on the sides but not too close to the nails. That works for me. I have never done an alternate site.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-31 18:56:55 -0500 Report

I test on the sides of my fingers and never in the palm. I also got permission to use arm testing from my doctor. I don't know anyone who uses the palms for testing.

jayabee52 2014-10-31 12:35:36 -0500 Report

Howdy Sue
I use the side of my fingers rather than the fleshy part of my finger pads. I find it hurts less and does not get sore. If I work it right I can find about 15 places on each hand from which to get blood to test. (of course some sites are more convenient to access than others)

Here is an article from BD (becton dickenson) which speaks of alternative testing sites ~ http://www.bd.com/us/diabetes/blood-glucose-m...

The signifigant thing is that the blood reading is 20 to 30 minutes old and that delay can be dangerous if in a hypo situation.

My late wife tested on her arm because she was totally blind and used two fingers on her right hand to read braille, so I had to help her check her BG levels. We decided that if we didn't use her braille fingers she could use her fingers for testing as she was a brittle diabetic and would have signifigant lows from time to time, so the 20 to 30 minute time lag for the alt testing sites was important to avoid.

God's best to you Sue

Glucerna 2014-10-31 14:55:16 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing this article James. I think the section listing the FDA guidelines for alternate site testing is important:

1. People with hypoglycemia unawareness should not use alternate site testing at all.

2. Don't use alternate sites when a seriously low blood glucose might go undetected:

When you have just taken insulin, or any time during or after exercise.
When there are unknown variables occurring in your day, such as illness.
Any time you just feel "low".
Whenever you are about to drive. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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