What can I do to make testing my blood sugar less painful?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
If testing hurts like hell, you’re doing it wrong.

Your meter came with a little plastic, pen-like contraption called a lancing device. Its job is to poke a very small hole in your fingertip, so you can get a drop of blood to test. It has a dial with numbers on it.

The larger the number, the deeper the needle goes into your fingertip. So the lowest number is for babies and rich high-society ladies who wear silk gloves.

The highest number is for lumberjacks with calloused hands. You are neither and need to be somewhere in the middle. If you find using the lance hurts a lot, set the number lower. If you find you’re milking your finger and praying for a blood drop, you need a higher number. It’s that simple.

Oh, and by the way, most lances come with both a clear plastic top and a solid top. The clear one is for forearm testing and the solid is for fingertips. If you use the clear one for your fingers, it will always hurt, no matter the setting!
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