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Old 03-15-2012, 19:37   #1
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I didn't realize just how far off your reading could be just because your hands are not clean. Today I made steak, peppers, onions and green beans. So nothing that would cause a rise in my bg. I check my blood glucose and get a 144, which I thought was high so I washed my hands and checked it again (twice) then I got 87 and 88. I just think that is crazy. Have any of you ever paid attention to this before?)

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It happened to me a few times but thankfully, like you, I washed my hands and tested again! It happens sometimes when I eat fruit or feed my son. Feels like my hands are clean but I guess they aren't!

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Unless you have discretionary income to spend on strips, my mantra regarding testing is wash hands thoroughly with warm soapy water (no designer soaps please - just plain old soap without fragrance, herbals, honey or anything else), rinse well and dry completely on a clean towel or paper towel, and then - if you've been into anything really dense, use an alcohol wipe too. THEN test. Even for morning fasting test, you'd think your hands would be clean . . . you've been asleep right? But I scrupulously wash, dry & wipe anyhow. I don't have the luxury of wasting strips.




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There are many times I do not have access to soap and water, so I scrup my finger hard with an alcohol wipe, dry and test. If i know i have touched something that may affect my test, I repeat that with a second alcohol wipe. i have noticed that if my finger is wet with alcohol I can get a higher number. I don't know if that is caused by the alcohol, or something that was on my fimger and not yet removed. Regular rubbing alcohol should not cause a higher BG, should it?

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I use lotions on my hands at night, so definitely want to wash them before testing.

I always wash, if for no other reason so that if there is any bad bacteria on my skin, the lance won't poke it into my finger. Sometimes, though, I'll only wash the finger that's going to get poked (I tend toward dry skin so try to limit how much my hands get wet).

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I find all things affect the accuracy of bg reading. I find some of the soaps with lotion in them may affect the reading. So I always rinse really well. We do a lot of hiking and backpacking and often I have to test in the middle of nowhere. I was always amazed at how high my reading would be even with all that exercise. The light bulb finally went off in my head, I wasn't washing my hands with water before testing.

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Hello "Wags", the highs when exercising can also occur because there are not enough carbs in your body to supply the necessary energy for the activity. I exercise after a meal or snack for that reason. If there are not enough carbs present, then the liver will produce glucose/glucogen to compensate, and the BG level can go high! I realize you already know this, but some people reading this discussion may not have this information.

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Hello "Wags", the highs when exercising can also occur because there are not enough carbs in your body to supply the necessary energy for the activity. I exercise after a meal or snack for that reason. If there are not enough carbs present, then the liver will produce glucose/glucogen to compensate, and the BG level can go high! I realize you already know this, but some people reading this discussion may not have this information.
When I go hiking I have my backpack full of trailmix, granola bars and all sorts of treats I don't normally eat. Plus we usually eat those disgusting backpack meals that are dehydrated. We also carry those Flaxseed wraps and spread them with peanut butter. So I don't think carbs are the problem. I think it is a combo of the intense exercise , the altitude and maybe dirty hands. My problem is in Ohio we have no hills to acclimate ourselves and we are pretty close to Sea Level. So these mountains and their altitude do a number on my bgs the first few days. Even when I go out for a short day hike I always bring more carbs than I normally eat. Thanks for the reminder.

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