Always wash your hands and thoroughly rinse them before getting a blood sample. Washing gets rid of food and other residues that can cause misleading high meter readings, while rinsing thoroughly washes away sugars in hand soaps, lotions, and gels that can alter blood glucose results.
It's also important to make sure your hands are dry. Having excess water on your fingertips when testing can dilute the result, causing the reading to be unreliable. Also, wet hands can make the blood droplet difficult to collect, potentially causing you to waste a test strip.
Finally, be aware that rubbing alcohol may dry out the skin and can encourage callusing when used regularly. It can also provide a false reading if the alcohol ends up mixed in with the blood sample.
Tip of the Day courtesy of Dr. Richard Bernstein, author of Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution.
Reviewed by Jason C. Baker, MD. 11/11
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