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8/7/14 3:11 P

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Little: Wise advice!

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8/7/14 2:56 P

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Something else to take into account is that your blood sugar readings are snapshots of what your BS levels are at that particular minute. The A1C is an average of the previous 3 months....

So your daily readings could be on the low side but your A1C seems much higher, it could be because you are just not testing when your sugars are higher. The opposite could also be true.

So a slight variance between your daily readings and your A1C is not uncommon and not to be too worrisome.

It is almost impossible to get absolutely spot on information because every person is different and their bodies react differently to different foods.

Just do the best you can and report everything to your doctor, DE or Nutritionist who can better evaluate where you are at and where you need to go next....

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HOUND: VERY wise advice!

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And then it is important to know that A1c tests can vary, too, depending which lab does them. I had one done by a different lab and it was 5.3 down from the last one of 5.8 . The difference is only to a small part explained by a real difference in daily blood sugar readings. My average daily readings went from about 105 to about 95 in the same time period.
I also had a Fructosamine test done (which reflects the previous 2 week period) and that indicated diabetes. There is no way to know exactly why, if in doubt take an average between different types of testing over a longer period of time.
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There is an acceptable variance of plus or minus 20 percent.

I also have a couple of different meters and would take two of them, set them both up for testing, and then using the same drop of blood on each meter. I would always have a slight difference between the meters.

It is best to use the metr that the doctor advised. Just make sure you keep track of your numbers and go over them with your doc at the next visit. And after a couple of A1C tests, you may be able to determine how far off your meter is from the actual lab results.....

Good luck to you. Take care....

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I have several meters, and they are all just a little different even reading the same sample. For cleaning the sample spot, I use the same isopropyl alcohol swabs they use at my Dr.s office before taking a sample. Quick, easy, and seems effective.

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When I first became a diabetic. I bought one meter after getting out of the hospital and then 3 days later was giving a different meter. I tested one day on the ffirst meter and then the next meter. There was a 25 point high with the first meter. I called one of the companies and they said there is a 20 pts acceptabllily in the industry. My concern was which one was right. Because at that time I was on a siding scale of insulin and what the number was determined how much insulin to give me before a meal. My doctor told me to use the second meter. Yes it is very important to wash your hands before testing.

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That's a good idea!

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take your meter with you and check your meter the same time the nurse checks it...
I do that with both my glucose meter and my blood pressure meter...

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I second HYGEEK's speculation. What and how you wash your hands has made a big difference for me.

DO use the test solution to make sure your glucometer is calibrated properly.

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While meters do vary quite a bit, there are a lot of factors that can go into a funny reading. How you cleaned your hands is a big one.

If you are concerned about your meter, there is the test solution that you can get for it that will verify that it is working properly. Keep in mind, the range of readings for a properly working meter is pretty wide, 30 points might be in spec for a high blood sugar.

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8/6/14 12:53 P

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I'm wondering if anybody can shed any light on why my blood sugar results could be SO different between my own check and a blood draw at the doctor's office. Could my own meter be so off?

Just minutes before a blood draw, I checked my BS with my own meter and it read 183. The "official" blood draw was a good 30 points lower.

How can this be?

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