Need to test? Talk to the hand!

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 Dr. Richard Bernstein. 4/14.

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by Brenda Bell
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...
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