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From where do you or your child usually get blood for blood glucose tests?

 
     

One fingertip

 
 

10%

 

76

 
     

Two fingertips

 
 

6%

 

48

 
     

More than two fingertips

 
 

67%

 

512

 
     

Forearm

 
 

10%

 

78

 
     

Upper arm

 
 

1%

 

9

 
     

Fleshy part of the hand

 
 

1%

 

9

 
     

Heel or leg

 
 

1%

 

9

 
     

Earlobe

 
 

1%

 

4

 
     

Other

 
 

1%

 

10

 
 

From where do you or your child usually get blood for blood glucose tests?

Poll dates: May 19 - 26, 2002
Total Votes: 755

Frequent blood glucose monitoring provides essential data for managing diabetes. The only problem is that fingertip blood testing hurts for many people. Two-thirds of people who responded to this poll report using two or more fingertips for blood testing. Only one out of ten report using the forearm, which has fewer nerve endings and can be less painful than fingertip testing.

To help with the pain of fingertip testing, meter makers are designing products that allow alternate site testing. In a poll from January 2002, over one-third (36%) of people report using alternate sites for at least some blood testing. If you're in the market for a new blood glucose meter, it's something to consider.

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