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Is there a painless way to test blood sugar in diabetes?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Use your ear. : The new devices can test with very little blood. A stick on the ear lobe works well if you have the dexterity to perform this feat. The payback is that it doesnt hurt at all. Good luck. Test not on the tip of the finger but just to the side a little and there is less pain.
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Lancets: Unfortunatle checking bs will require pricking your fingers ( there is sensors called cgm but those are approved for type i diabetes and will still require calibration using above method). The good news is that the lancets that prick fingers are becoming very small and thin . Check out the delica by one touch.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

I was just wondering when and how to test blood sugar for diabetes?

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Dr. Cynthia Watson
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Diabetes test: The best test is a fasting sugar and a hemoglobin a1c. If there is a question doing a test 2 hours after a large meal or a glucose tolerance test can be diagnostic.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Should I test my blood sugar if I think I have diabetes?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: This is the only way to know if you indeed have "sugar" problems. If the numbers are high, see your doc for confirmatory tests.

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