A1CNow SelfCheck

By CHOPPI Latest Reply 2010-10-27 11:02:25 -0500
Started 2010-10-26 16:37:47 -0500

Being newly Diagnosed I was curious about the A1C self check? Has anyone used one? If so how accurate are they?

6 replies

CHOPPI 2010-10-27 11:02:25 -0500 Report

I would suspect I've had it for almost a year now. I went to my regular Dr. several times and he kept dioanosing me wrong. Luckily another Dr. got it right. I also wish I found out much sooner! My pain in my legs and feet won't go away. I'm going to purchase one of the tests. I also have no inssurance and unemployed,so the cheaper the better

realsis77 2010-10-27 08:40:49 -0500 Report

Hi I hear the tests for self chec are pretty good. Of corse id still get a baseline from my doc just to be safe but I've read there pretty accurate.

Kirla 2010-10-26 18:28:25 -0500 Report

I use them. From what I have read from friends they’re pretty accurate. Last April my A1C was 5.8 and last September it was 5.2. I’m happy with them. They’re also cheaper than a co-pay to see my doctor. There cheap so you might as well buy a box and test now and then test again in 3 months.

Good luck

Harlen 2010-10-26 18:01:17 -0500 Report

Yes I have used it and it seams to be right on.
It sed my A1c was 6.4 and my test at the doc's was 6.4
So I do like it and now I only test at the doc's every 6 months
They do test for other things as well so it is a good thing to get tested at the Doc's
Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-10-26 17:03:00 -0500 Report

The problem with a newly diagnosed person testing their a1c is that the average could take your readings back to non-diabetic days. How accurate would that be? Your doctor will probably want an a1c in 3 months from now, not 3 months past. An a1c is a great tool to helping with average blood glucose readings and an average is good because it accounts for the highs and lows. A low a1c is not necessarily a good thing. It could be too many lows. Be patient and let your doctor take care of the a1c testing for you with the professional equipment and the ability to interpret the data. That's just MY opinion.

jayabee52 2010-10-26 17:36:16 -0500 Report

Hey Ray!
How ya been?

What you wrote about new DXs and A1c stands to reason. However the thing which might throgh a monkey wrench into that line of thinking is that a majority of newly Dx'd patients with DM have unknowingly had DM for months prior to Dx. In that case you'd get the average of the constant high BG#s.

In my case I suspected I had DM for several months prior to my Dx (and in fact done one of those urine test strips which confirmed my fear) but foolishly put my Dx off because my family didn't have health insurance. When my then wife got a job with health insurance, one of the first things I did was get Dx'd. I was foolish putting off Dx and caring for my DM, but I didn't realize the seriousness of this disease. I'm payuing now for that ignorance and the false economy of my inaction.

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