By ptsparkle Latest Reply 2010-06-06 18:56:51 -0500
Started 2009-12-23 11:46:34 -0600

I have seen many t.v. ads for meters that you cant take samples from arms, because of painful samples from the fingers. I sample from fingers and it doesnt bother me a bit. However, what is the difference in blood being sampled whether it is from fingers arms or where ever?? I've seen on here a couple of times that the numbers would be different. Just curious and trying to learn something new. Thanks.

Tags: devices

15 replies

Roy531 2010-06-06 18:56:51 -0500 Report

My doctor told me that a reading from your fingers are more accerate, from the forearm he said your reading could be higher by 100 so if finger tip says 95 your forearm could read up to 195. Because of the Capillaries in you fingers you get a more accerate reading.

Richard157 2009-12-24 09:34:22 -0600 Report

I have read that we should test only on the sides of our fingers, on either side of the finger nails. I disagree. I test on the soft centers of my fingers as well. I also test on the sides and center of the areas between the finger joints. I see very little difference in test results.
After I have used all the strips that my doctor has approved, then I buy my own strips until my next shipment of supplies arrives. My shipments include strips for my Free Style meters. Those strips are very expensive but they are much cheaper at:

I find even cheaper strips by buying a Relion meter at Walmart. The strips there are about 42 cents each. That is less than half the price for Free Style strips at my drug store. The Relion is a good meter and gives me results very much like my Free Style meter.

Deb-G 2009-12-23 15:51:07 -0600 Report

My endo doesn't recommend alt sites either…I do have a low issue so we/I test alot…I've never had a sore finger in the 27 years of testing and I test 8 times a day atleast…Maybe some of us are more tender?…its weird..never hurts to poke or is sore after…I guess i'll be glad about that lol

AngelV 2009-12-23 15:46:22 -0600 Report

I am still figuring out the buttons on this page, but Angel will test on his fingers about twice a day. And his advisors tell him this is the most exact place to poke. This reply may not show up where I want it. oh well …never mind - it worked!

kdroberts 2009-12-23 14:47:20 -0600 Report

Alternate sites can give you readings that are up to about 30 minutes behind your actual blood sugar. They are OK if at the time you test your blood sugar is fairly stable but for things like fasting and after meals it's not great and it can be very dangerous if you are testing because you feel like you have low blood sugar.

Hinboyz3 2009-12-23 14:16:33 -0600 Report

I was told that the fingertip site is the most accurate when testing. Upper arms, forearms give you a lag-time result. And if your experiencing hypoglycemia @ testing time only rely on fingertips. When our blood sugar levels changes rapidly, fingertips samples show changes quicker than any other sample sites. I like the finger testing site myself, although it still hurts, so I think Im gonna turn down my dial on my lancet device to see if it helps.

Elrond 2009-12-23 14:27:03 -0600 Report

I've mentioned in other threads that I'm a novelist. Sore fingers are a definite job handicap but lying on the floor with an 'out of whack' blood sugar is even worse. I've heard that research is in progress for a meter that just clips to a finger and gets a reading similar to a pulse oximeter. (no actual poke required) I sure hope they hurry up.

Hinboyz3 2009-12-23 14:46:22 -0600 Report

Your not kidding cause I have to close my eyes and dream, yes dream Im on the beach in Hawaii just to poke my finger. LOL!!

Elrond 2009-12-23 14:00:00 -0600 Report

I asked my doctor about alternate site meters and she doesn't like them. She says they work but they aren't as accurate as the ones using finger pricks. Of course, that's one doctor's opinion. I have an alternate site meter but the VA doesn't supply strips for it so I continue to use my AccuChek.

Hinboyz3 2009-12-23 14:20:49 -0600 Report

I love my AccuChek, but I have to pay out of pocket and the strips kill me.

deafmack 2010-06-06 05:07:56 -0500 Report

Richard157 mentioned American Diabetes Wholesale. You can get the strips there for about half the cost and that includes strips for the Accu-chek. They are really good, too and fast. Really good to do business with.

Elrond 2010-06-06 18:43:44 -0500 Report

The VA recently switched me to a One Touch Ultra Link to go with my insulin pump. It uses a smaller blood sample but still requires a finger poke. On the plus side, the VA supplies the strips. Once I do the test, the meter wirelessly sends the results to my pump. The pump calculates my insulin requirements. If I plan to eat, I tell it how many carbs and it recalculates based on that. I agree with it and it gives me a bolus. Of course, I'm a 'worry wart' so I'm always sitting around with a calculator making sure it doesn't make a mistake. So far it hasn't made any mistakes but I've made a couple. The pump also keeps a record of my test results and insulin doses. Periodically, I upload to the Medtronic site where my doctor can see every carb and unit of insulin I get. Then she occasionally calls me with fine-tuning instructions for the pump.

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