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


If you primarily use an alternate site, vote for that site


One fingertip






Two fingertips






More than two fingertips












Upper arm






Fleshy part of the hand






























Total votes: 596


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

Poll dates: April 25 - May 2, 2004
Total Votes: 596

Frequent blood glucose monitoring provides essential data for managing diabetes. The only problem is that fingertip blood testing hurts for many people. Slightly more than two-thirds of people who responded to this poll report using two or more fingertips for blood testing. One out of ten (10%) 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 2003, 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.

The table below shows how our readers have answered this poll over the past two years.

Site of Glucose Testing     Apr 2004     May 2003     May 2002  
One fingertip 6% 8% 10%
Two fingertips 5% 6% 6%
More than two fingertips 69% 69% 67%
Forearm 10% 12% 10%
Upper arm 1% 1% 1%
Fleshy part of hand 1% 1% 1%
Heel or leg 1% 1% 1%
Earlobe 1% 1% 1%
Other 4% 1% 1%

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:37:48
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