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  1. Michelle
    Michelle June 4, 2008 at 9:24 am | | Reply

    Oh yes, the dreaded candy fingers. Most of us parents are well aware of this because it seems like kids always have something on their fingers. I just never realized that it really would be much of a problem for adults too. But wash wash…

  2. Scott
    Scott June 4, 2008 at 9:50 am | | Reply

    The same also applies to treatment of lows, as glucose tabs, Smarties, or even juice may stick to your fingers making a re-test less accurate unless you wipe the finger with an alcohol swap or, my preference is hand sanitizers which travels well and also is small enough to take with me or keep at my desk.

  3. mark
    mark June 4, 2008 at 10:36 am | | Reply

    Diabetes is such an anal retentive disease. I test 15 times a day, the practicality of washing my hands 15 times is day is obsessive and perspective is needed here. Besides which your body couldn’t tell the differance between 424 qnd 142? This smells of the diabetes police being given a differant assignment.

  4. tmana
    tmana June 4, 2008 at 1:14 pm | | Reply

    One of the worst offenders for me is balsamic vinegar. Mind you, most foreign-substance offenders don’t cotton well to alcohol, and really need a good soap-and-hot-water-scrub-fifteen-times-until-the-skin-falls-off washing before I can get an accurate fingertip read (presuming I can get an accurate read from my fingertip — I’ve become convinced I cannot), but balsamic vinegar stays there and stays there and stays there…

    I find that if my fingers are cold, or overused from typing, or anything else, I will NOT get an accurate read from them. Now most of the time I use forearm readings which tend to be more reasonable.

  5. Kathleen Weaver
    Kathleen Weaver June 4, 2008 at 5:30 pm | | Reply

    What exactly is Snickerdoodle cake? I love Snickerdoodles and one a prize at the country fair for mine when I was in 4-H.
    I really want to know!

  6. Lauren
    Lauren June 4, 2008 at 9:25 pm | | Reply

    That cookie cake sounds like something I’d make for my worst enemy. Lethal.

  7. Chris
    Chris June 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm | | Reply

    Blood sugar meters are very specific to glucose, which you don’t find much in baked food. Maybe if there’s fruit or honey you’ll find some, but not much I should think. Table sugar (sucrose), which we may still think of as “sugar,” won’t show up on our glucose meters.

    However, human saliva has enzymes like sucrase and amylase, which start the digestion process of sucrose and starch in your mouth, and also on your fingers if you lick them. If you don’t lick that gooey delicious stuff off your fingers, most foods shouldn’t be a problem, I’d imagine. And if you do lick (who can resist?), wash your hands, every time!

    (Actually, I wash my hands thoroughly before every test to prevent errors, but I’m more paranoid than I need to be.)

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