Most of the current meters now support AST, says Diabetic Living diabetes educator Dr Kate Marsh. They come with a special attachment for your lancet device to enable you to obtain blood from other areas. These might be your arm, the base of your thumb or your thigh.
KEEP IN MIND:
It’s important to note that testing at alternative sites may give you results that are different from the blood glucose levels obtained from your fingertips. Why? Because the blood glucose levels in your fingertips show changes more quickly than those at alternative testing sites.
This means that AST is less accurate, particularly during times when your blood glucose level is changing more rapidly. These occasions might be after a meal, following exercise or when you’re experiencing hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose levels).