Blood sugar testing sites

Most people with diabetes need to check their blood sugar (glucose) levels regularly. The results help you and your doctor manage those levels, which helps you avoid diabetes complications.

There are several ways to test your blood sugar:

From Your Fingertip: You prick your finger with a small, sharp needle (called a lancet) and put a drop of blood on a test strip. Then you put the test strip into a meter that shows your blood sugar level. You get results in less than 15 seconds and can store this information for future use. Some meters can tell you your average blood sugar level over a period of time and show you charts and graphs of your past test results. You can get blood sugar meters and strips at your local pharmacy.

Meters That Test Other Sites: Newer meters let you test sites other than your fingertip, such as your upper arm, forearm, base of the thumb, and thigh. You may get different results than from your fingertip. Blood sugar levels in the fingertips show changes more quickly than those in other testing sites. This is especially true when your blood sugar is rapidly changing, like after a meal or after exercise. If you are checking your sugar when you have symptoms of hypoglycemia, you should use your fingertip if possible, because these readings will be more accurate.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring System: These devices, also called interstitial glucose measuring devices, are combined with insulin pumps. They are similar to finger-stick glucose results and can show patterns and trends in your results over time.

Type 2 Diabetes Test

Diabetes Check from LloydsPharmacy

At LloydsPharmacy we offer a screening service to test whether you are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. It’s completely confidential and takes just a few minutes.

Have I got diabetes?

If you think you may have developed Type 2 Diabetes, we’re here to help. The test is for people aged 16 and over who may be at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, a condition characterised by what is known as insulin resistance.

This is where the body does not effectively respond to the insulin produced, as a result blood sugar levels become too high. It can be managed by taking tablets such as Metformin and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

How we test for diabetes

What to expect at a Type 2 Diabetes screening appointment booked in a LloydsPharmacy store

In a LloydsPharmacy, the service will take place in a private consultation room by a trained member of staff.

Step one

You will be asked a series of questions in order to help determine whether you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, including:

  • Your age
  • Your height, weight and waist measurement
  • Your level of daily activity
  • Your diet, in particular how many fruit and vegetables you eat
  • If you use high blood pressure medication
  • If you have ever had a high blood glucose reading
  • If any family member has diabetes

Step two

If you are at high risk, we will measure your blood pressure and your random blood glucose level, by taking a very small finger prick sample of blood. A random blood glucose test is a blood sugar test taken without needing to fast beforehand.

Step three

Depending on the results of this test, we may ask you to come back for further assessment. This will include:

  • A fasting blood glucose test, which involves taking a sample of blood when you have an empty stomach (usually first thing in the morning before you have breakfast)
  • Weight, height and waist measurement
  • Additional blood pressure measurements

We will also offer you lifestyle advice and recommend ways of reducing your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes, tailored to your needs. If appropriate, we may refer you to your doctor.

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Frequently asked questions

How long will the service take?

The consultation will only take a few minutes, but as long as necessary to answer any questions you may have.

Do I have to make an appointment?

No, you don’t. You may be asked to select an appointment when it is busy or you may want to request a particular time for peace of mind.

Do I have to pay for the service?

Yes, this particular service costs £5.00, payment will be taken in store at the time of your test.*

How do I know it’s a good quality service?

We’ve been carrying out Type 2 Diabetes screening tests since 2003 to increase awareness of the condition and encourage people to get screened, and have now completed tests for over 1.5 million people.

What do I do next?

To have your diabetes screening test, visit your local LloydsPharmacy.

*Please be aware that prices may vary. The Selfridges Concession in London charges £10 for this service.

Beyond the Finger: Alternate Blood Sugar Testing Sites

If you’re tired of the pain of finger sticking and the calluses that can develop over time, alternate site testing could be an option for blood sugar testing, especially for those who want to do frequent checks.

In a study published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, researchers compared patients’ satisfaction with fingertip blood sugar testing and testing using an alternate site, in this case the palm of the hand. They found that people who test their blood sugar levels four times a day like the idea of using alternative site testing approaches. However, they also found that testing on their palm with regular lancing supplies didn’t always provide easy access to get enough blood for a test strip.

Managing Diabetes With Alternate Site Testing: The Choices

“The palm of the hand is good because it’s capillary blood and it’s going to be current blood sugar,” said certified diabetes educator Sacha Uelmen, RD, program director of the outpatient diabetes education program at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. Your thumb is another option if you’re tired of using fingers.

Other possible locations include the thigh, calf, upper arm, and forearm. However, sites other than your palm are recommended only if your blood sugar is stable at the time of testing.

Certified diabetes educator Hector Verastigui, RN, clinical research coordinator at the Texas Diabetes Institute in San Antonio, said he teaches patients to test using their arms as an option if they are interested in alternate site testing.

However, there are disadvantages to this method as well. “Most patients that I teach alternative site testing will say that forearm testing is less painful but difficult to obtain a blood sample, and most patients will return to fingertip testing,” Verastigui said. He also tells people to be aware of the timing difference in blood glucose between forearm and fingertip. “A blood glucose result taken at the fingertip will not reach the forearm capillaries for 20 to 30 minutes,” he said. “This is important because if a patient is testing for a possible low blood sugar reaction and if they use alternative site testing, their meter may display a normal value and not a true blood sugar result, which may delay treatment.” So if you’re concerned about the timing of testing, it might be best to stick with finger testing.

Uelmen has had patients who tested using their arms and one patient who successfully used his earlobe — “a good option if you can do it,” she said. But she pointed out that, at least in Michigan, where it is cold for a significant part of the year, most people do not use their legs for testing because of the hassle of taking off clothes. She also advised a conservative approach for people who are uncertain of their blood sugar levels.

“If you’re afraid you’re low or if your blood sugar is changing, you need to use your hands,” she said. “But if you’re just curious about your body’s response to something — such as, how did that meal do? — you could use your arms or an alternate site.”

Above all, she advised checking in with your diabetes educator if you want to try an alternative site. You’ll want to make sure that your lancing device can be used for the site you’re considering and you’ll need to find out how to adjust lancing depth, if necessary.

One possible drawback of alternate site testing is the cost of test strips if you feel you can’t rely on the results and end up testing (again) using your finger. Other drawbacks include the fear of testing pain and scarring, although many people worry about these impacts from lancing their fingers as well.

When You Must Stick to the Fingertip

In certain situations, you should not do alternate site testing. These include:

  • If you just took insulin
  • If you think your blood sugar level could be low
  • If you are not always aware when your blood sugar level drops very low
  • If you are sick or stressed
  • If you just exercised or just ate

Talk with your diabetes educator or another member of your medical team if you think alternative site testing could be for you. You might be on to something — getting good information about blood sugar levels and giving your fingers a break at the same time.

Diabetes self testing (also called SMBG – self-monitoring of blood glucose ) is a major part of diabetes treatment for people with diabetes.

Blood glucose testing allows you to assess how your treatment of diabetes is affecting your blood glucose levels, using a blood glucose meter

This allows the ability to make daily treatment choices, including meals, exercise and medication.

Of course, if you have type 1 diabetes , your daily routine will include insulin injections.

Self-testing gives people with diabetes a chance to understand what changes to make to lifestyle, diet and medication.

However, regular self-testing comes with several barriers for some people, including the fact that regular testing sites may become painful over time.

Therefore, diabetes experts have developed alternate site testing (AST) to compensate.

What is Alternate Site Testing?

AST (Alternate Site Testing) means using a part of the body other than the fingertips to obtain blood for blood sugar testing

This may include taking a blood sample from anywhere other than the fingertips, including the palm, the upper forearm, the abdomen, the calf and the thigh.

Fingertips are traditionally used for blood glucose testing because they have many capillaries, and will usually provide a large enough drop of blood to get a reading from a blood glucose meter.

However, the fingertips also have many nerve endings and are therefore sensitive. Many people with diabetes choose to give their fingertips a break, especially if they use them as part of their profession.

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Alternate site testing is when you perform a blood test using blood from a part of your body that isn’t your finger. It is just like doing a normal blood test, except for where you take the blood from.

If you’re doing a lot of blood tests, the skin of your fingers can sometimes become tougher and more difficult to test or could become sore. Alternate site testing can give your fingers a break from being pricked and allow them to heal. Another reason is that alternate site testing may hurt less than finger pricking.

The soft fleshy parts of the palm and the forearms are the best alternative places. You may be able to use thigh, calfs and abdomen. Check with what your meter recommends.

When doing alternate site testing, you may need to use a deeper setting on your lancing device. Some devices may come with a special cap specifically for use with alternate site testing.

We would advise checking with the instructions for your meter to see whether your meter is suitable.

Alternate site testing is fine to use for routine blood tests such as before and after meals. However, research has shown that when blood sugar is rising or falling, alternate site testing may be less accurate.

We would therefore recommend not using alternate site testing if you’re specifically checking for a high or low result.

Download a FREE blood glucose levels chart for your phone, desktop or as a printout.

Can I use my blood glucose meter for alternate site testing?

Alternate site testing is not possible with all blood glucose meters. Newer machines only require a smaller drop of blood to provide accurate blood glucose readings from other parts of the body.

The user manual for blood glucose meters will outline which other sites in the body can be used to obtain a blood sample.

How accurate is alternate site testing?

The fingertips are an obvious site for testing. However, the accuracy of alternate site testing results has been compared by a number of trials in recent years.

According to reports, routine blood glucose level testing before meals or two or more hours after meals from alternate sites are equivalent to fingertip testing.

However, glucose arrives faster in the fingertips than in the arms.

Therefore, testing when blood glucose is falling rapidly or rising rapidly is likely to be less accurate from alternate sites.

Unfortunately, this could be quite dangerous and healthcare professionals advise using the fingertips for non-routine blood glucose testing.

Many experienced people with diabetes advocate changing their testing sites depending on the type of testing underway.

Why Doctors Traditionally Recommend Testing Your Fingers?

Testing your blood sugar multiple times a day is already a pain, even before you consider the literal pain of stabbing a needle into your fingertips over and over. After all, the fingertips are one of the most sensitive areas of the body. They are packed with nerve endings meant to help us detect changes in textures and temperatures. Not for sticking tiny needles into.

If stabbing a lancet into this ultra-sensitive flesh makes you shudder, or worse yet, causes you to skip your BG testing altogether, then it is time to consider using an alternate blood draw area.

If you’ve never been told that you can use other areas on your body to test your blood sugar, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most diabetics and even most doctors aren’t aware that you can get an accurate BG measurement from anywhere else but your fingers.

This has a lot to do with why the fingertips were chosen for use in the first place.

When carbohydrates are eaten at a meal, they are digested in the stomach and absorbed into your bloodstream as glucose. This blood travels through your veins to various organs and areas of the body. This glucose moves out of the bloodstream and into the interstitial areas around cells where it can then be taken up by the cells and used.

To get a measurement of your current blood sugar levels, you want to test the blood in the veins or capillaries, as the amount of glucose in the interstitial fluid always lags what is in the veins.

Your fingertips are full of capillaries that can easily be tested with an at-home blood draw. Your fingers also have the benefit of being easy to squeeze, which makes it possible to get just the right amount of blood out without having to use a larger needle.

Studies that have looked into using alternative blood draw spots for BG testing have mostly found that areas like the leg, forearm, and stomach do not produce the same readings as the fingertips. This is because these areas have a lot more interstitial space than they do capillary beds. So, if your blood sugar is currently rising and you test a blood droplet from your leg, the amount of glucose in it is likely to be less than your actual BG level. Similarly, if your BG is dropping, your leg measurement is likely to be higher than your actual levels.

But that doesn’t mean these areas can’t be used for testing under certain circumstances. And beyond this, some recent studies have shown that there are alternate, less-sensitive areas of the body that do produce accurate BG readings.

Alternative Testing Sites

If you dread pricking your fingertips, you don’t have to look far to find an alternative draw site that is just as accurate for BG testing.

The fleshy areas of your palm are full of the same kinds of capillary beds as your fingertips, but with far fewer nerve endings. And scientific studies, like this one published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, show that the BG readings taken from these areas are in the clinically acceptable range when compared to simultaneous fingertip readings.

Use the fleshy ridge that runs between your pinky and wrist and or the fleshy pad at the base of your thumb, to avoid the pain of fingertip testing without compromising your diabetes management.

If you are interested in looking beyond your hand for even less painful testing sites, keep in mind, you can still use your forearms, legs, and stomach. But, because these areas are less accurate and tend to give lagging readings, you only want to do so if your blood sugar is relatively stable.

The best times to use these areas would be before a meal and more than two hours after eating when your sugars are likely to have stabilized. Don’t rely on these areas if your blood sugar is likely to be changing rapidly such as right after eating, in the morning when your sugars might be rising naturally, or anytime that you feel low.

Vacuum Lancer Device Decreases Pain Wherever You Test

Beyond BG accuracy, one of the main reasons the fingertips are used so frequently for blood sugar testing is how easy it is to get the right-sized blood sample from them.

Achieving a large enough blood sample from areas like the arms and legs can be more challenging. Even the palm can be difficult to squeeze blood from. Traditionally, the only way to overcome this would be to use a larger lancet to encourage a larger sample. But this can easily negate the main point of alternative site testing, which is to reduce pain.

But a new product is making alternative site testing easier for diabetics. The Genteel lancet uses vacuum pressure to pull blood from the small hole made by the extra-fine lancing device. This simple trick makes it easier to test on flat surfaces like your arms and legs. And the ultra-fine needle combined with the vacuum pressure means a lot less pain, even when used on the fingertips.

This lancer does require its own, specially designed lancets and is larger and more bulky to carry around than traditional lancers.

If you have ever skipped a BG test because you couldn’t stand the thought of pricking your finger one more time, then it is worth considering adding a Genteel vacuum lancer to your diabetes toolbelt.

We all know how important frequent sugar testing is to maintain healthy blood sugars. By utilizing palm testing in place of finger pokes and taking advantage of additional alternative testing sites when your sugars are stable, you can easily avoid stabbing those sensitive fingertips. And with the Genteel lancer, you can do it with minimal pain and maximum ease.

Four New Alternate Blood Draw Sites with Same Response Time As Finger Tips

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The common belief, presently held by many endocrinologists, is that test blood, drawn from the fingertips, gives a more current and accurate indication of blood glucose than blood drawn from alternate sites, such as the forearm, shoulder and stomach. Unfortunately, for many with diabetes, the fingertip areas are those most laden with pain nerves, causing the lancing process to be the most sensitive and uncomfortable as well as leaving the finger tips bruised, calloused and with reduced tactile sensation.

Fortunately, Genteel researchers have found four new test sites that appear to give the same response time and accuracy as finger tips, now affording the option of relief to these most common testing sites. These two sites are located on the fleshy area of the palms, on a line between where the thumb joins the palm and the center of the wrist (thenar), and fleshy area along a line connecting where the pinky joins the palm to the wrist (hypothenar).

To verify this assertion, the following tests were done at Genteel’s test facility. Test subjects fell into three categories: non-diabetic, pre-diabetic, and under-control diabetic. Tests consisted of simultaneously taking blood samples from alternate sites, such as the forearm, fingertips and from the thenar/hypothenar areas. The tests began at (t=0) after a prolonged period (at least 2 hours, and mostly after arising from a night’s sleep). This was considered the static blood glucose level, or baseline. Before first blood drawn all subjects sat for 15 minutes in a room at a temperature of between 68 and 73°F. At the start time (t=0), each test subject consumed the standard 15-gram load of fast-acting glucose. Thereafter, at 5-minute intervals, blood glucose levels were simultaneously measured in these same three test areas: alternate site, finger tips, and either the thenar or hypthenar areas. After testing at 5-minute intervals for 1 hour, test intervals were increased to 10 minutes, for another hour, or until blood glucose levels returned to at, or near, baseline levels, whichever came first.

Four Charts Using Typical Data, Out of the 24 Subjects Tested
Figure 1.1: Measuring Rate of Change Between Calf/Knee (Alternate Site), Finger Tip, Thenar and Hypothenar Eminence of Palm – #17

Figure 1.2: Measuring Rate of Change Between Calf/Knee (Alternate Site), Finger Tip, Thenar and Hypothenar Eminence of Palm – #31

Figure 1.3: Measuring Rate of Change Between Calf/Knee (Alternate Site), Finger Tip, Thenar and Hypothenar Eminence of Palm – #23

Figure 1.4: Measuring Rate of Change Between Calf/Knee (Alternate Site), Finger Tip, Thenar and Hypothenar Eminence of Palm – #27

Figure 1.5: Measuring Rate of Change Between Calf/Knee (Alternate Site), Finger Tip, Thenar and Hypothenar Eminence of Palm – DG

Conclusion:
Blood glucose levels on the thenar and hypothenar areas of both hands consistency matched those on the finger tips well within meter accuracy. Both areas had matching bell shaped curves reaching approximately (within meter accuracy) the same growth rates and peak levels at the same times. The alternate site not only lagged behind both the thenar and hypothenar areas by about 22 minutes, but only reached about 70% the rise from the static level to peak values.

Genteel’s test lab results indicate that the thenar and hypothenar areas are viable alternatives to finger sticks because they have less pain nerve density. However, blood does not rise easily or readily to the surface in these areas without using specific technology currently present in Genteel’s lancing instrument, and applied over the lancing site. With this technology, comfortable and extremely accurate blood draw is readily available, allowing finger tips to heal and regain sensation.

Contraindications:
All who now wish to test from these new sites should check with their doctor to be certain there are no special metabolic considerations that would preclude you from testing on these new areas.

Literature and laboratory research are continuing on the subject. If you would like to be informed of the latest results, go to [email protected], provide your email and add the note, “Palm Research Results.”

What does this test do? This is a test system for use at home or in health care settings to measure the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood.

What is glucose? Glucose is a sugar that your body uses as a source of energy. Unless you have diabetes, your body regulates the amount of glucose in your blood. People with diabetes may need special diets and medications to control blood glucose.

What type of test is this? This is a quantitative test, which means that you will find out the amount of glucose present in your blood sample.

Why should you take this test? You should take this test if you have diabetes and you need to monitor your blood sugar (glucose) levels. You and your doctor can use the results to:

  • determine your daily adjustments in treatment
  • know if you have dangerously high or low levels of glucose
  • understand how your diet and exercise change your glucose levels

The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (1993) showed that good glucose control using home monitors led to fewer disease complications.

How often should you test your glucose? Follow your doctor’s recommendations about how often you test your glucose. You may need to test yourself several times each day to determine adjustments in your diet or treatment.

What should your glucose levels be?According to the American Diabetes Association (Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2017. Diabetes Care, January 2017, vol. 40, Supplement 1, S11-S24) the blood glucose levels for an adult without diabetes are below 100 mg/dL before meals and fasting and are less than 140 mg/dL two hours after meals.

People with diabetes should consult their doctor or health care provider to set appropriate blood glucose goals. You should treat your low or high blood glucose as recommended by your health care provider.

How accurate is this test? The accuracy of this test depends on many factors including:

  • the quality of your meter
  • the quality of your test strips
    • Always use new test strips that are authorized for sale in the United States. The FDA has issued a safety communication warning about the risks of using previously owned test strips or test strips that are not authorized for sale in the United States
  • how well you perform the test. For example, you should wash and dry your hands before testing and closely follow the instructions for operating your meter.
  • your hematocrit (the amount of red blood cells in the blood). If you are severely dehydrated or anemic, your test results may be less accurate. Your health care provider can tell you if your hematocrit is low or high, and can discuss with you how it may affect your glucose testing.
  • interfering substances (Some substances, such as Vitamin C, Tylenol, and uric acid, may interfere with your glucose testing). Check the instructions for your meter and test strips to find out what substances may affect the testing accuracy.
  • altitude, temperature, and humidity (High altitude, low and high temperatures, and humidity can cause unpredictable effects on glucose results). Check the meter manual and test strip package insert for more information.
  • store and handle the meter and strips according to manufacturer’s instructions. It is important to store test strip vials closed.

How do you take this test? Before you test your blood glucose, you must read and understand the instructions for your meter. In general, you prick your finger with a lancet to get a drop of blood. Then you place the blood on a disposable “test strip” that is inserted in your meter. The test strip contains chemicals that react with glucose. Some meters measure the amount of electricity that passes through the test strip. Others measure how much light reflects from it. In the U.S., meters report results in milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood, or mg/dl.

You can get information about your meter and test strips from several different sources, including the toll-free number in the manual that comes with your meter or on the manufacturer’s web site. If you have an urgent problem, always contact your health care provider or a local emergency room for advice.

How do you choose a Glucose Meter? There are many different types of meters available for purchase that differ in several ways, including:

  • accuracy
  • amount of blood needed for each test
  • how easy it is to use
  • pain associated with using the product
  • testing speed
  • overall size
  • ability to store test results in memory
  • likelihood of interferences
  • ability to transmit data to a computer
  • cost of the meter
  • cost of the test strips used
  • doctor’s recommendation
  • technical support provided by the manufacturer
  • special features such as automatic timing, error codes, large display screen, or spoken instructions or results

Talk to your health care provider about the right glucose meter for you, and how to use it.

How can you check your meter’s performance? There are three ways to make sure your meter works properly:

  1. Use liquid control solutions:
    • every time you open a new container of test strips
    • occasionally as you use the container of test strips
    • if you drop the meter
    • whenever you get unusual results

    To test a liquid control solution, you test a drop of these solutions just like you test a drop of your blood. The value you get should match the value written on the test strip vial label.

  2. Use electronic checks. Every time you turn on your meter, it does an electronic check. If it detects a problem it will give you an error code. Look in your meter’s manual to see what the error codes mean and how to fix the problem. If you are unsure if your meter is working properly, call the toll-free number in your meter’s manual, or contact your health care provider.
  3. Compare your meter with a blood glucose test performed in a laboratory. Take your meter with you to your next appointment with your health care provider. Ask your provider to watch your testing technique to make sure you are using the meter correctly. Ask your health care provider to have your blood tested with a laboratory method. If the values you obtain on your glucose meter match the laboratory values, then your meter is working well and you are using good technique.

What should you do if your meter malfunctions? If your meter malfunctions, you should tell your health care provider and contact the company that made your meter and strips.

Can you test blood glucose from sites other than your fingers? Some meters allow you to test blood from sites other than the fingertip. Examples of such alternative sampling sites are your palm, upper arm, forearm, thigh, or calf. Alternative site testing (AST) should not be performed at times when your blood glucose may be changing rapidly, as these alternative sampling sites may provide inaccurate results at those times. You should use only blood from your fingertip to test if any of the following applies:

  • you have just taken insulin
  • you think your blood sugar is low
  • you are not aware of symptoms when you become hypoglycemic
  • the results do not agree with the way you feel
  • you have just eaten
  • you have just exercised
  • you are ill
  • you are under stress

Also, you should never use results from an alternative sampling site to calibrate a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), or in insulin dosing calculations.

Useful Links:

  • FDA expands indication for continuous glucose monitoring system, first to replace fingerstick testing for diabetes treatment decisions
  • How to Safely Use Glucose Meters and Test Strips for Diabetes
  • How to Report Problems with Glucose Meters and Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems
  • Users of Blood Glucose Meters Must Use Only the Test Strip Recommended For Use With Their Meter
  • NIH Medline Plus – Diabetes
  • The FDA Warns Against Use of Previously Owned Test Strips or Test Strips Not Authorized for Sale in the United States: FDA Safety Communication

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Overview
The OneTouch® Ultra® Blood Glucose Monitoring System, part of the OneTouch® family of products, combines a less painful alternative to traditional fingerstick testing with a fast test time. The meter is easy to use and conveniently small.

Innovative Features

  • Offers Alternate Testing Site on the Forearm — In a national independent study of 1,600 patients with diabetes, 85 percent of respondents reported that reducing pain was one of their highest priorities in blood sugar testing.* With the OneTouch® Ultra® System, people can test on their forearm, where there are fewer nerve endings than in the fingertips.**
  • Provides Accurate Test Results in Only 5 Seconds
  • Requires Only a Tiny Blood Sample — just 1 microliter.
  • Small Size-Discreet and Portable

Helpful Features To Support Diabetes Management

  • Internal Test Memory — 150-test memory with date and time.
  • Automatic Averaging of Test Results — averaging of past 14 and 30 days of test results.
  • Compatible with OneTouch® Diabetes Management Software — available separately from LifeScan.

Convenience Features

  • No cleaning necessary.
  • Easy blood application — OneTouch® Ultra® Test Strip uses capillary action to automatically draw blood into the tip of the test strip on contact.
  • Test strip confirmation window — Helps users see if they’ve applied enough blood for an accurate reading.

Availability, Affordability and Promotional Offers

  • Available now at pharmacies and retailers nationwide.
  • OneTouch® Test Strips are covered by more health plans with the lowest co-pay than any other test strip.
  • OneTouch® Test Strips are covered by Medicare Part B.
  • Special Offers Lower Cost to Customers – The OneTouch® Ultra® System offers a manufacturer’s rebate and trade-in allowance worth up to $60.

Customer Service

  • 800 381-7226 — Spanish-speaking LifeScan customer service representatives, available 24 hours a day.
  • Informative Web site — Visit OneTouchEnEspanol.com for information about diabetes, self-care, testing and LifeScan Products.

Page posted: December 2005

* Independent study of 1,600 patients with diabetes conducted for LifeScan by the Alcott Group, May 2000.
** Before beginning to test on the forearm, people with diabetes should read the owner’s booklet and talk to their healthcare professional.

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