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How Do I Get Blood to Test My Glucose?

What is the best way to get a drop of blood from my fingertip to test my blood glucose level?
 

 
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Getting enough blood on the test strip is important in getting an accurate reading. Fingersticks can be painful and make your fingers sore, so getting it right on the first try is essential. Follow these tips to get the most from each stick:
 
  1. Make sure your hands are warm. When your hands are cold, blood doesn't come to the surface as easy and makes it harder to get a good droplet. Run warm water over your hands for a few minutes, or hold your hand in a heating pad to warm it up. This will help improve circulation to your fingers.
     
  2. Pick a good spot. The fleshy part of the finger near the side or the tip works best. Testing in the center of the finger on the fingerprint has the most nerve endings and is the most painful.
     
  3. Lower your hand. Hold your hand below heart level when collecting the drop to help blood flow to your finger.
     
  4. Squeeze your finger gently for a few seconds to get a bigger blood droplet. 
 
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