Do you or your child use alternative site testing for blood glucose monitoring?
Yes, all the time
Yes, most of the time
Yes, some of the time
No, my meter isn't approved for that
No, my doctor won't let me
No, I tried it but didn't like it
No, I'm not interested
Total votes: 310
Do you or your child use alternative site testing for blood glucose monitoring?Poll dates: April 1 - 8, 2009
Total Votes: 310
Frequent blood glucose monitoring is the foundation of diabetes management. Unfortunately, some people don't like to do finger sticks because they hurt. Manufacturers 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 April 2009 February 2008 February 2007 January 2005 January 2003 January 2002 Yes, all the time 8% 10% 13% 13% 17% 17% Yes, most of the time 3% 2% 5% 7% 9% 7% Yes, some of the time 8% 8% 6% 9% 10% 12% No, meter not approved 1% 1% 3% 2% 5% 13% No, doctor won't let me 7% 6% 5% 5% 2% 2% No, didn't like it 33% 30% 32% 34% 30% 26% No, not interested 35% 35% 30% 22% 20% 13% Other 2% 3% 2% 4% 4% 6%
For additional information, see:
- Alternate Site Testing
- Blood Glucose Meter Reviews, which note which products are approved for alternative site testing
- Glucose Measurements Using Blood Extracted from the Forearm and the Finger from Abbott Diabetes Care
- FDA Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology Devices Panel Meeting on Alternative Site Testing
Last Updated: Wednesday March 09, 2011 13:51:51
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