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Do you or your child use alternative site testing for blood glucose monitoring?

 
     

Yes, all the time

 
 

17%

 

108

 
     

Yes, most of the time

 
 

7%

 

46

 
     

Yes, some of the time

 
 

12%

 

73

 
     

No, my meter isn't approved for that

 
 

13%

 

83

 
     

No, my doctor won't let me

 
 

2%

 

15

 
     

No, I tried it but didn't like it

 
 

26%

 

157

 
     

No, I'm not interested

 
 

13%

 

82

 
     

Other

 
 

6%

 

37

 
 

Do you or your child use alternative site testing for blood glucose monitoring?

Poll dates: January 13 - 20, 2002
Total Votes: 601

Frequent blood glucose monitoring is the foundation of diabetes management. Unfortunately, many people don't like to do finger sticks because they hurt. Manufacturers makers have responded with blood glucose meters that work with blood obtained from alternative sites that have fewer nerve endings, such as the forearm or palm. Obtaining blood from alternative sites is usually less painful than obtaining blood from fingertips, and therefore it's easier to do more frequent blood glucose monitoring.

If you use alternative sites, you are cautioned to use finger tips instead if you feel low. This is because there is a time lag between blood glucose levels found in the finger tips and the blood glucose levels found in alternative sites.

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