By cuddlebear Latest Reply 2009-06-20 08:00:12 -0500
Started 2009-06-16 02:43:23 -0500

What is the diffrence between a Glucose monitring test and AC1 test. Is one better than the other

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lipsie 2009-06-20 08:00:12 -0500 Report

I just wanted to say that since all this has occurred he is now keeping a book on what he eats, sugars IF we think it'll rise (sugar involved) OR he feels ill so save on strips. We see a new MD after July and we'll present a better case then cuz we KNOW something is wrong with his sugar…he tried a SMALL regular soda last night and it went way up…we walked it off. Anyhow he also went off the Cinnamon and then Omegas until after this too for more accuracy. Is this a good plan you think????? Love yasssssssss Sheila

kdroberts 2009-06-16 09:54:00 -0500 Report

A glucose test measures the amount of sugar you have in your blood at the time of the test, or within the last half hour or so if you use alternative sites. An A1c measures the % of your red blood cells that have become glycated (sugar has bonded to them permanently). Since red blood cells have a lifespan of about 90 days on average you have a mixture of old and new so the test gives a longer term picture. However, since it's largely based on the lifespan of your red blood cells, other things other than sugar affect it.

They are both important and tell you different things. Blood glucose will tell you what different foods, meals and activities do to your blood sugar so you can make immediate changes and will also tell you if you are having low or high blood sugar. An A1c will give you an overall picture of how things are going.

Sarguillo 2009-06-17 14:12:11 -0500 Report

Just what robert says, Glucose monitering test is what your blood surger is now. The A1c shows what its been as an average over the last 3 months. Remember, you dont continually test your blood suger so you dont know what your blood suger is betweent he testing. That is where the A1C comes in. It averages it out for you.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-06-17 15:02:01 -0500 Report

Our doctor likes to explain it this way. The glucose meter gives you a snap shot of where your blood sugar is at a given moment. Your blood sugar might be going up or down, the glucose meter doesn't really tell you that. But it is helpful (like kdroberts indicated) for measuring how certain foods and activities and medications are affecting your blood sugar.

The A1c on the other hand is more of a long-term view of what's been going on with your blood sugar. It takes into account all the highs and lows you've had over the last 2 to 3 months.

Both tests are very important. And they give you two different perspectives on how well you're controlling your blood sugars.

lipsie 2009-06-16 04:41:29 -0500 Report

Hey all this is my baby Ty asking this question, though I already said something about this answer…he did not understand from me, or listen…lol So…anyone else wanna give him a explanation he may get? Thanks ya all!! Sheila

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