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Re: [IP] Arm testing

> Someone was asking about whether results differed between arm testing and
> fingertip testing.  According to the package insert included with the One
> Touch Ultra test strips there can be significant differences between arm
> testing and fingertip testing during "certain conditions".  These
> conditions can occur when the blood glucose level is changing rapidly as
> with right after eating, taking insulin or during/after exercise.  They go
> on to say, that if your blood glucose level is dropping, a fingertip
> MAY pick up the low quicker than arm testing.  They also recommend using
> arm testing for tests done prior to or more than 2 hours after meals,
> insulin dose or exercise.  There's a whole section on arm testing printed
> on the insert, and I imagine the other arm testing meters also have
> information with their test strips.  I would think that anyone considering
> switching to arm testing should read these sections on the package inserts
> to familiarize themselves with their meter company's recommendations.
> RoseLea

There is also an extensive discussion of this issue (with reference to the
original research) on the Therasense web site

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