Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
September 13, 2003
Blood Tests and Insulin Injections
Question from Tallahassee, Florida, USA:
At what age should the heels stop being used for blood glucose testing and the infant/toddler switched to toes and or fingers?
I think it makes little difference as to when one switches to different sites, or which sites one chooses for that matter. That said, some glucose meters are approved for Alternate Site Testing which includes the forearm, top of the thigh, and base of the thumb. The skin of the heels of the feet tend to be “thicker” compared to other body parts so it may eventually get more difficult to get a decent drop of blood easily.
Your own diabetes team may have preferences about meters. Ask them! Off hand, if she tolerates it, she could use her toes forever, in my view.