I am so tired of this outfits false advertising. It is apparently aimed at newly diagnosed diabetics or older people who are senile and don't know about glucose testing. the ad has an attractive African American lady who talks about not having to code her meter, and she uses alternate sites, so her fingers don't hurt anymore. This is really not unique to this outfit, as they all promote alternate site testing, due to what the actors claim is their fingers hurting so badly. CODING: I am on my second box of test strips since I last coded my meter. Since each box contains four vials of 25 strips each, that comes to almost 200 tests since I coded my meter. These people work real hard to give the impression you must code your meter for each test.
I have never seen any meter that required coding for each test, so that claim is preposterous. ALTERNATE SITES: The companies promote alternate site testing, by having the actresses, usually, crying about the pain from the fingersticks. I hurt myself worse shaving. What they never tell in the ads is that alternate site testing is not as accurate as fingersticks, and in some cases, is not to be used. Modern lancet devices use a very small needle-like lancet and a spring-operated plunger that strikes as fast as a snake. It is very quick and hardly painful. The one ad I saw that showed a fingerstick being performed was being done wrong. They were sticking the finger in the friction pad, where the fingerprints are. This is wrong, as there are numerous nerve endings, that give us our tactile sense.
A fingerstick should be done on the side of the finger, where there are fewer nerve endings. With ten fingers, that gives you twenty possibilities for a place to test. I am tired to death of aged actresses whining about their fingers hurting and having to code their meters. Don't they have laws against false advertising anymore?