Re: a1c Kits
Home A1c kits are considered accurate. You can get them from just about an pharmacy. The problem might come in not understanding how an A1c test works. Your red blood cells usually survive about 90 days. Inside these cells, is the information as to what is going on with your body. That is why an A1c will give you the average blood sugar over the past 3 months. This is an excellent test if your blood sugars have been close to normal. It is less accurate the more erratic your blood sugars become. Since it is only an average, a high will cancel out a low and vice versa. This can give you a decent average yet tells you nothing as to what is really going on.
Your best bet is to test regularly and to see and Endo on a regular basis. When all of the numbers are compared, you will get the most accurate average.
Mindy (Type 1 Dx'd 11/94..Insulin Pump)