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jbronste
Total Posts: 428
Registered on: ‎01-13-2010

Accuracy of home A1C tests?

I am still exercising 5-6 days a week and eating around 120 gm. carb a day.

For the past few weeks, my fasting numbers have been running between 110 and 120, which I really dislike; because you can only go UP from there when you eat! However, I had a Bayer home A1C test lying around so I decided to use it and I got 5.1, which I thought was pretty good.

Are home A1C tests considered accurate? I'm not sure which data to believe, my meter, which seems to tell me "do something else," or the A1C test, which seems to tell me "don't worry about it."
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mbkjad
Total Posts: 181
Registered on: ‎11-05-2009

Accuracy of home A1C tests?

The last couple of times I went in for the quarterly blood test/work-ups I did a Bayer home A1C test.  Both times it came out about .3 or .4 low (it read 6.1 one time and the doc's blood test came back at 6.5 and a reading of 7.1 vs doc's test of 7.4).

Overall I think they are just like the meters....great to monitor the trends (and accurate for that as well) and definitely in the ball park of the actual blood work as well.  Useful if insurance is a concern (or lack of) as you can get two tests for 29.99.  Long-term probably not the best tool to rely solely on though.

I will use them again as I am impatient to know how I am doing.  Instant gratification and all that.

Mike
Mike

Diagnosed Type 2 March 2008 (give or take a few months)
A1c: 6.4 (May 2013), 6.2 (Feb 2013), 5.9 (Nov 2012), 5.7 (Aug 2012) 6.5 (31 Jan 2012)
Meds:
Metformin XR 2000 mg daily
Lovaza 2 grams daily
Lipitor 10 mg daily
Fenofibrate 165 mg daily
Lisinopril 2.5 mg daily
Novolog
Zyrtec
Multivitamin
Began Pumping in June 2013
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jonasgrumby
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Registered on: ‎05-13-2010

Accuracy of home A1C tests?

 
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jonasgrumby
Total Posts: 96
Registered on: ‎05-13-2010

Accuracy of home A1C tests?

i was in nearly the same boat.  my fasting and after meal #'s where high so I did an at home A1c test about a week (it was also a Bayer) before my docs A1c test and they came out nearly identical.
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kdroberts
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Registered on: ‎10-31-2009

Accuracy of home A1C tests?