A1c test

By kabayan Latest Reply 2012-09-09 15:26:29 -0500
Started 2012-09-05 17:55:24 -0500

Can i test it myself so i dont need to go to my doctor?

14 replies

Nick1962 2012-09-06 11:57:34 -0500 Report

Actually you can get a rough estimate mathematically. I set up my tracking spreadsheet to give me a constant rolling A1c and it was usually accurate within .1 point.
If you know your average BG, take that and add 77.3 then divide by 35.6 and you get your A1c.
So if you had an average of say 120

120 +77.3 / 35.6 = 5.54

Doing it in reverse gives you your average. If know your a1c is 5.2

5.2 x 35.6 – 77.3 = 107.8

It’s good info, but sloppy record keeping can throw it off and shouldn’t be used (as has already been said) in place of a doctor’s test. It can make you a little crazy tracking that close too.

JSJB 2012-09-08 15:56:54 -0500 Report

So with the new Log Book I can get an average BG for the month and using your formula I can get a near accurate A1C reading. Of course I will go to the dr but it is nice to know it befor going.

Nick1962 2012-09-08 16:02:34 -0500 Report

Yeah, I kinda made it a game with my dr. when I was going quarterly. If i guessed with half a point he owed me a buck. Didn't tell him I had the formula. He felt it was a good albeit roundabout management tool.

kabayan 2012-09-06 12:10:43 -0500 Report

Thanks Nick ! But where is 77.3 and 35.6 came from?

Nick1962 2012-09-06 12:27:23 -0500 Report

Ya know, I really don't know. Those just seem to be the numbers that work.
I'm sure it's just part of an algorythem from the way they did it before we had chemical testing.

flipmom 2012-09-05 20:01:57 -0500 Report

yes.. u can buy them at walmart! but please dont substitute it with visiting with your doctor that run test other than your a1c!

jayabee52 2012-09-05 18:21:27 -0500 Report

yes you can. there are specialized meters and strips for doing so.

But why would you want to omit your Dr?

MAYS 2012-09-05 18:19:01 -0500 Report

Yes you can, there are many home test kits on the market, some of them require you to mail out the sample and have it tested in a lab and the results are sent to you.
There is one test made by Bayer that allows you to test yourself at home and see the results in a few minutes, the links to the Bayer A1c test and video are listed below:




Although this type of testing for your A1c results is very convenient, you should still have a test done by your doctor, or a local clinic at some point in time.

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