Need to test? Talk to the hand!

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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by Carey Potash
Charlie’s 12-year anniversary with type 1 just passed and I still know nothing about this diabetes and why it hates us so much. As if to remind us that it was its anniversary, diabetes unleashed hell on Friday. Charlie was stranded well over 400 for hours and even tipped the scale at 580. Susanne pulled Charlie out of school and started what became a wartime exercise in futility. It was one of the worst blood sugar days we’ve had in years. ...