Home A1c Test – Follow-up

Bayer A1c

I had my A1c test last weekend and I told you I would let you know the results so the comparison could be made to the Bayer Home A1c Test.  Like you, I wonder just how accurate they are.

So, they sucked my blood out.  Well, actually they used a small needle…You know what they do.  Anyway, I called the doctor’s office and asked about my A1c number.  Of course, I am depending on the nurse to give me the right information and being able to read the report correctly.  I was told it was 6.1.  I found myself to be disappointed.  I thought it would be about 5.8 or 5.9.  Something under 6.0.  The Home A1c test gave me a 5.6.  So, for me at this moment, the Home test was not real accurate.  But, I will still use it when I am between tests just to see where I might be.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with a 6.1.  My doctor is going to be happy.  And, I am okay with it – but just okay.  My goal for the next test is 5.8.  I know what to do to hit it.  So do you.  Exercise. Diet. Meds.  I just have to make a few changes to my exercise.  A few less carbs.  More fresh vegetables.  Just a few little changes.

My goal is just that – MY goal.  It shouldn’t be your goal.  You could well be in a very different place.  Maybe your goal is 7.0 (mine was at one time).  Or. 6.5.  Whatever it is, it’s important to make a realistic goal for your A1c along with your doctor – and work toward it.  I started at 13.0 – which is very high.  Do you think I brought it down to even 8.0 in thirty days?  I don’t think so!  It took months and changing meds several times for me to get it under any kind of control.  Now, as you may know, I take Metformin – 500 mg in the morning and 750 mg at night.  (Yes, I cut pills.)

I just noticed I got a bit off track.  This was supposed to be about the accuracy of the Home A1c Test.  I did not find it to be very accurate, but it is real convenient.  Although, I have read many reviews that state it’s normally much closer than my experience would indicate.  My advice is to use it, but it should not take the place of regular lab work.

As always, thank you for reading.

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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