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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: 544


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

Poll dates: January 19 - 26, 2003
Total Votes: 544

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.

We last ran this poll in January 2002. In the past year, the number of people reporting that they use alternate site testing has remained the same at 36%. Only 5% of people report using a meter that isn't approved for alternate site testing, versus 13% last year. This shows that people are using newer meters that have been tested and approved for alternate site testing. The table below compares the results from this year's poll to last year's:

Answer   January 2003   January 2002
Yes, all the time   17%   17%
Yes, most of the time   9%   7%
Yes, some of the time   10%   12%
No, meter not approved   5%   13%
No, doctor won't let me   2%   2%
No, didn't like it   30%   26%
No, not interested   20%   13%
Other   4%   6%

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