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  Do you or your child use alternative site testing for blood glucose monitoring?  
      Yes, all the time  
  12%     21  
      Yes, most of the time  
  3%     6  
      Yes, some of the time  
  6%     10  
      No, my meter isn't approved for that  
  2%     3  
      No, my doctor won't let me  
  5%     9  
      No, I tried it but didn't like it  
  22%     40  
      No, I'm not interested  
  47%     85  
      Other  
  4%     7  

Total votes: 181
 

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

Poll dates: March 2 - 9, 2011
Total Votes: 181

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   March 2011   April 2009   February 2008   February 2007   January 2005   January 2003   January 2002
Yes, all the time   12%   8%   10%   13%   13%   17%   17%
Yes, most of the time   3%   3%   2%   5%   7%   9%   7%
Yes, some of the time   6%   8%   8%   6%   9%   10%   12%
No, meter not approved   2%   1%   1%   3%   2%   5%   13%
No, doctor won't let me   5%   7%   6%   5%   5%   2%   2%
No, didn't like it   22%   33%   30%   32%   34%   30%   26%
No, not interested   47%   35%   35%   30%   22%   20%   13%
Other   4%   2%   3%   2%   4%   4%   6%

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 09, 2011 14:52:58
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