I am currently anemic and was wondering if that affects blood sugar readings?
Anemia can affect the blood glucose numbers and your A1C levels, making them both inaccurate. For anemia to make your blood glucose readings inaccurate, the hematocrit has to be fairly low, and some meters have a lower threshold than others. Check the specification guidelines found on the paper insert that comes in your box of strips to see what the anemia threshold is for your meter. If you are having a hard time finding this information, ask your pharmacist, as he or she can look it up. Some meters are better than others at providing accurate readings, even in the presence of anemia. If you are prone to anemia, it is best to get a meter that reads blood glucose levels at lower hematocrit levels. Also, it’s important for you to realize that anemia can affect the accuracy of your A1C. Some studies have found that iron-deficiency anemia can underestimate A1C levels, while other studies indicate anemia can overestimate the A1C. In either case, treating the anemia is the best way for you to ensure that your A1C will reflect your true blood glucose numbers.