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Should I always take blood from my finger when using a diabetic meter?

If you don’t like pricking your fingertips to get the blood sample needed for testing, newer models of diabetic meters allow you to use blood from your forearm, upper arm, thumb, calf, or thigh. Be aware, though that your results may not be accurate if you have recently eaten, taken insulin or exercised, or are sick or under stress. If you are experiencing symptoms of hypoglycemia and the meter reading does not indicate that you have low blood sugar re-test with blood from your fingertip.

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