alternative testing sites

By realsis77 Latest Reply 2010-07-27 14:42:19 -0500
Started 2010-07-27 12:02:44 -0500

Hello everyone. I'm newly diagnosed and I was wondering about alternative testing sites. My meter claims to have several sites where you can draw the blood. I was wondering if one site would be more accurate than another? My fingers on my hands are very sore because I've been testing for three months prior to being diagnosed with diabetes. Now I know I will be testing as a life long way of managing my diabetes I'm looking for alternative testing sites. Is the forearm a good option? My meter gives several suggestions but I wanted some advice from others as to accuracy and comfort? What are some areas do you use group? Please answer because I'm very eager to stop testing on my fingers. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone in this group for being here for me! You are a wonderful support system! Being newly diagnosed I have so many questions and need so much advice! I feel very blessed to be a part of this group! I would be completely lost without you all here to support me during this fragile time in my life. I want to thank you all! Also I love the wealth of information this site provides! I feel very greatful to be here! Your friend, lynnette aka realsis77

13 replies

gregsteele 2010-07-27 12:43:35 -0500 Report

I have found that my fingers give the most accurate results and as both MAYS and KD said never use alternate sites when low love to all GREG

MAYS 2010-07-27 12:22:24 -0500 Report

I only test on my fingers, this excerpt may interest you:

Meters That Test Alternative Sites. Newer meters allow you to test sites other than your fingertip; these alternative testing sites include upper arm, forearm, base of the thumb, and thigh. However, testing at alternative sites may give you results that are different from the blood sugar levels obtained from the fingertip. Blood sugar levels in the fingertips show changes more quickly than those in alternative testing sites. This is especially true when your blood sugar is rapidly changing, like after a meal or after exercise. It is also important to know that if you are checking your sugar at an alternative site while you are experiencing symptoms of hypoglycemia, you should not rely on these test results.


realsis77 2010-07-27 12:45:04 -0500 Report

Thank you mays that's what I was wondering! Yesterday I had a scare my number got up to 330! After I ate! Yikes!

realsis77 2010-07-27 13:00:13 -0500 Report

Mays, is it normal on a new medication for my numbers to fluctuate so greatly? From 330 to 180 ?

MAYS 2010-07-27 13:11:55 -0500 Report

Anything can happen when meds are introduced into your system, it depends on how your body responds to the meds, the time between taking the meds and testing and the purpose of the meds.

What input can you provide kdroberts ?

realsis77 2010-07-27 13:22:07 -0500 Report

Ok thank you. The meds are supposed to lower my bg. I see by the drop in the number it did do that for me. This is all so new and sometimes just plain overwhelming! I really appreciate all your help! I'll just keep plugging along learning all I can as I go! :)

SueIzzy 2010-07-27 14:42:19 -0500 Report

Don't worry, you will get the hang of it, it will just take a little time. Did you know that you can adjust the meter to only lightly poke you? This helped me when I was first starting, makes it better for it to not have to poke so hard.

kdroberts 2010-07-27 12:17:57 -0500 Report

The fingers are the most accurate. Alternate sites are good for some types of testing but if blood sugar is not stable, for instance after you eat, then you will not get a current reading. The number you get will be up to about 30 minutes behind what your actual blood sugar is. Never use alternate sites when testing for low blood sugar.

kdroberts 2010-07-27 12:49:56 -0500 Report

I should add that the reading you get from an alternate site is just as accurate as that of the finger, it just isn't currently accurate.

realsis77 2010-07-27 12:57:29 -0500 Report

I better stick to testing on my fingers especially being on a new medication! I need to be as accurate as possiable! Thank you again for your help :)

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