One of the cool things about being a diabetes coach is that Cyrus and I get to learn from our clients. New products and innovative ideas are coming into our inbox all the time. In this article, I will tell you about a cool blood glucose testing device that I now use every single day and absolutely love!
I vividly remember when our client Tim posted in our private Facebook group about a new device that allows for pain free blood glucose testing! This clearly peaked my interest and I started looking into it right away.
If you are living with diabetes, then you know the frustrations around pricking your finger to test your blood glucose. It can be a real pain (pun intended) and anything that can improve that process is quite exciting.
So I went to the Genteel website and started watching videos. I was quite intrigued by what I saw.
In a nutshell, here's how Genteel works. The lancing device first pricks you gently, then applies a suction to your skin to PULL a small drop of blood out of your skin.
Just make sure that you apply the suction for about 5 seconds and watch as a drop of blood magically appears with practically zero discomfort. I swear by this device, and I love how it helps me prick myself without any pain.
I’m an Amazon Prime member so I was quite excited to see that I could order it on Amazon and get it the next day!
In addition, I was also happy to hear that I could use all the old lancets that I already have at home.
For those living with insulin-dependent diabetes, it is absolutely essential to test your blood glucose frequently. If you have a CGM, you can test less frequently, but it’s still essential to test multiple times per day.
For those living with non-insulin dependent diabetes, the goal is to eventually stop testing your blood glucose, but in the process of getting there, testing your blood glucose is imperative.
If you are like me, then you want every test to be as painless as possible. And you want to get enough blood on each prick so you don’t have to do it a second time!
I use the Genteel lancing device every single day and have been doing so for 5 months. I’d like to tell you all about it and share some pro tips for using the device properly.
I have been living with type 1 diabetes for over 17 years now. I spent 16 of those years without a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and would test myself approximately 10 times per day.
The only places I would prick myself were my fingers. In the past 5 months I have only had to prick my fingers a handful of times. Using the Genteel lancing device, I now use my arms and right above my kneecaps. Those are my favorite spots and it truly has been liberating not to prick my fingers anymore.
My fingertips are very happy!
After using the device on a consistent basis, I can only think of 2 drawbacks.
As someone living with Type 1 Diabetes (meaning that pricking myself is a huge part of my daily routine), I can absolutely say that the Genteel lansing device has changed my life.
Being able to test areas other than my fingertips–and do so without pain–truly affects my well-being. It's a game-changer!
I love using the Genteel device and I can't imagine going back!
Robby Barbaro, MPH graduated from the University of Florida and is the cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green. He worked at Forks Over Knives for six years before turning his attention in 2016 to coaching people with diabetes full time. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12 and has been living this lifestyle since 2006. In that time, while eating pounds of fruit every day, his HbA1c value has never exceeded 6.4%, and his blood glucose has been stable and easy to manage. He is a featured speaker at VegFest LA, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, Vice, Thrive Magazine, Diet Fiction, and the wildly popular podcasts Plant Proof and Nutrition Rounds, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes with Cyrus Khambatta, PhD.
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