Study: OK to Use Blood When Testing Blood Sugar

Study: OK to Use Blood When Testing Blood Sugar

POSTED: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 6:03am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 8:25am

It's always recommended that people with diabetes wash their hands before testing their blood sugar. But what happens if they can't wash their hands before they do that? A new study suggests using the “second drop” of blood in lieu of soap and water, is alright.

The American Diabetes Association and other groups say that people should thoroughly wash and dry their hands, then test the first drop of blood that comes from the finger. But, the ADA does not have advice on what to do when you can't wash your hands.

However, Dutch researchers in the study recommend that if people are unable to wash up, it's acceptable to use the second drop after wiping away the first.

The study was published in the online edition of the journal, Diabetes Care.

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