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

 
     

Yes, all the time

 
 

13%

 

  60

 
     

Yes, most of the time

 
 

5%

 

  22

 
     

Yes, some of the time

 
 

6%

 

  28

 
     

No, my meter isn't approved for that

 
 

3%

 

  16

 
     

No, my doctor won't let me

 
 

5%

 

  24

 
     

No, I tried it but didn't like it

 
 

32%

 

  140

 
     

No, I'm not interested

 
 

30%

 

  133

 
     

Other

 
 

2%

 

  13

 


Total votes: 436

 

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

Poll dates: February 25 - March 4, 2007
Total Votes: 436

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.

We last ran this poll in January 2005. In the past two years, the number of people reporting that they use alternate site testing dropped from 29% to 24%, and the number who don't like it or are not interested increased from 56% to 62%.

Answer   February 2007   January 2005   January 2003   January 2002
Yes, all the time   13%   13%   17%   17%
Yes, most of the time   5%   7%   9%   7%
Yes, some of the time   6%   9%   10%   12%
No, meter not approved   3%   2%   5%   13%
No, doctor won't let me   5%   5%   2%   2%
No, didn't like it   32%   34%   30%   26%
No, not interested   30%   22%   20%   13%
Other   2%   4%   4%   6%

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