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307791b4-2647-11df-b61e-0017a4aa266a tip_078.Blood_GlucoseChoose a spot between the first joint and the nail, or between the first and second joints (avoiding the knuckles). Sticking these sites should be less painful and produce more blood than sticking the finger pads or tips, and it also prevents the calluses that tend to form on the fingertips when they are used repeatedly for testing. Warming your finger will also help make it easier to get blood for the sample. Make sure the testing site is clean and dry, and remember to rotate testing sites to prevent calluses from forming!

Tip of the Day courtesy of Dr. Richard Bernstein, author of Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution.

Reviewed by Jason C. Baker, MD. 10/11

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Last Modified Date: November 28, 2012

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