Are You Making This Common Glucose Testing Mistake?G. H.
After years of daily glucose testing, our routines are second nature. But research is suggesting some of us should start thinking twice.
A study in the journal Diabetes Care revealed that swabbing fingertips with alcohol — a practice commonly recommended by doctors and test strip manufacturers — may not be enough to remove the food remnants that throw off test results.
You can read the full study here, but the gist is this: After handling fruit, subjects who had swabbed their fingertips with alcohol had abnormally high blood glucose test results, even after swabbing up to five times.
Levels remained steady and normal for those who washed with soap and water, meaning a simple swab may not be enough.
What can you do?
So, what’s the trick for accurate results?
Simple. Wash your hands with mild soap and warm water before every test.
Don’t rely on alcohol swabs, particularly if you have been handling fruit. They can’t remove the food particles the same way soap can, and the alcohol itself could be throwing off your results. It’s just not worth the risk.
Which kind of soap is best?
Mild, natural soap that’s free of harsh chemicals and fragrances is your best bet.
This Handmade Shea Butter Soap is a great option. It’s made with 100% natural ingredients, and best of all, it’s soothing and mild so you won’t need lotion. (Yes, lotion can throw off test results, too.)