I had a question about the reliability of the home A1C kits, both in terms of official information and my own situation. I remember reading something like 97% but can't remember where I found that and it's not listed in the kit. It just says it's certified by the NGSP and the ADA. and that "all results may vary"
I did my first home test last December and got 5.7 which of course thrilled me. In the last couple months I've been struggling with a couple factors that I've just been getting under control. I was stalling on doing the test but my doctor is pressuring me so I just did. It was 5.7 again!! That seemed way lower than I expected and also a bit of a coincidence that it's the same exact number! So I checked my averages in my meter/remote and they are 125 for 30 days, 126 for 60 days and 126 for 90 days so really the 5.7 is only a tad lower than would be expected for those averages and I'm guessing that for better or worse the lows and highs averaged themselves out. I'm definitely getting less of both so I'm not concerned.
So do you think the A1C is more or less correct? I was expecting it to be higher. I'm waiting for my clinic to say that the home tests are no good and it can't still be 5.7! (They are not too knowledgeable - my doctor didn't know that the recent 30 days are 50% of the average (the last 30- 60 25% and the 60-90 25%! Should I be mean and bring the brochure that states that? LOL
Oh the joys of numbers and doctors - hopefully this is not the first bump in the road with my new doctor! (Him saying I need to get a lab test). Just in case, lab A1C's don't need to be fasting, right?
At least with that attitude he won't be harping on you that you don't need tight control -- you won't be hearing those "you'll go hypo!!" comments it sounds like so many docs give their patients.
It also looks like the $9 Relion one has to be sent in, but the Bayer (I got 2 for about $27) is truly at home -- results in five minutes.
Yes, a lot easier and the difference between $9 and $14 or $15 isn't much.
I did the Bayer home a1c test and it was a point lower than the doctors office. A friend of mine did the same home test and he too was a point lower than it was at the doctors office.
When you say "a point lower", Len you mean like 6.3 vs 6.4, right? Not 6.0 vs 7.0?
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