Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Tennessee, USA:

I have had type 1 diabetes for most of my life. Twenty years ago, when I was pregnant with my son, my doctor had me testing up to seven times a day. My fingers were getting sore so the doctor told me to take blood from my earlobe. I have been doing that for 20 years now because it doesn't hurt. I still have to type every day and don't want to have sore fingers. Is there a reason why I shouldn't use my ear lobe?


This practice has been used as an alternative to finger sticks. I am not sure it has been tested as thoroughly as alternative sites such as the arm. When the alternative site meters came out, they had to generate data to compare with results obtained in the usual fashion. I am not aware of any ear lobe sampling data. I would make sure that your physician reviews the integrity of the ear lobe to make sure there are no occult areas of infection. Even using your arm as an alternate site may also give you additional surface area to rotate around. It would be interesting to compare simultaneous data from arm, finger, and ear lobe.


Original posting 16 Mar 2009
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections and Daily Care


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: (none)
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.