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

 
     

Yes, all the time

 
 

10%

 

  43

 
     

Yes, most of the time

 
 

2%

 

  10

 
     

Yes, some of the time

 
 

8%

 

  34

 
     

No, my meter isn't approved for that

 
 

1%

 

  7

 
     

No, my doctor won't let me

 
 

6%

 

  25

 
     

No, I tried it but didn't like it

 
 

30%

 

  122

 
     

No, I'm not interested

 
 

35%

 

  138

 
     

Other

 
 

3%

 

  15

 


Total votes: 394

 

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

Poll dates: February 24 - March 2, 2008
Total Votes: 394

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.

This table shows how the reported use of alternate site testing has changed in the past several years.

Answer   February 2008   February 2007   January 2005   January 2003   January 2002
Yes, all the time   10%   13%   13%   17%   17%
Yes, most of the time   2%   5%   7%   9%   7%
Yes, some of the time   8%   6%   9%   10%   12%
No, meter not approved   1%   3%   2%   5%   13%
No, doctor won't let me   6%   5%   5%   2%   2%
No, didn't like it   30%   32%   34%   30%   26%
No, not interested   35%   30%   22%   20%   13%
Other   3%   2%   4%   4%   6%

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