testing on arm?

By jason123 Latest Reply 2010-08-31 08:16:31 -0500
Started 2010-08-29 17:52:30 -0500

I keep on seeing those commercials on TV, they got those better meter or lancet that you don't have to stick your finger any more, you can test on your arm, which is less painful…did anybody here bought one of those? Are they full of it?

5 replies

realsis77 2010-08-31 08:16:31 -0500 Report

I was told that alternative testing sites are not as accurate as the fingers. So I stay with the fingers because I need to be as accurate as posiable for my sliding scale insulin I take.

jayabee52 2010-08-31 03:43:03 -0500 Report

Howdy Jason
my bride wanted to save her fingers for reading Braille, so we tried alt. site testing, but found that we had trouble getting enough blood to get a good reading, so we went back to using her fingers.

Gemm 2010-08-30 14:43:36 -0500 Report

Fingers painful? Guess I'm a bit lucky in one instance to have numb fingers. I don't really feel the pricks anymore, but it's a real pain in … to not be able to feel much anymore with my fingertips. I makes doing a lot of things really difficult, as does the loss of feeling in my feet/legs. One thing that our doctor told both me and my husband when we started home testing is to alternate fingers that we use, use the sides more if the tips got too sore, and be careful to adjust the sticker depth so we weren't going too deep - should go just deep enough to get a good drop but not so deep that it's hard to stop the bleeding. I have mine set on about the 3rd setting from the bottom edge of the scale (fairly shallow) and it gives me a good drop but not so much it's hard to stop. My husband has his on only the 2nd (I think) as he bleeds easier and can feel the prick a lot more than I can. I can "feel" that it has pricked just don't feel pain - guess you'd say the pressure or something.

As for alternate testing - our doctor said that even though the meters say you can that the readings there aren't as accurate to the BG level at the moment you test. Guess a couple of the others covered that and actually I'm glad cause I never really understood it all — thanks for that explanation guys :)

Good luck & hugs


kdroberts 2010-08-30 10:04:23 -0500 Report

Most meters allow alternate testing. Some people say it hurts a lot more than on the fingers and/or it's hard to get blood. Readings from alternate sites are not current so they are best used at a time when your blood sugar is not changing and should never be used to confirm hypoglycemia or figure out insulin doses.

Mostly the commercials are from medical supply companies and are worded very carefully. If you really listen pretty much none of them say alternate testing is less painful or that a blood draw in not required but they certainly imply it. Stuff like "no more painful testing on the fingers" or "tired of painfully pricking your fingers to test your blood sugar?"

Harlen 2010-08-30 09:52:50 -0500 Report

I use the one tuch and you can test on your arm or fingers
just know the on your arm is not as up to date as your fingers are
so if your on the up swing your reading will be lower then what it realy is and if your on the down swing you numbers will be lower then what the meeter reads.So if you get a realy high or low test on your finger ok
Beest wishes