Prediabetes advice

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/18/2007 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I had one bad fasting blood sugar at the doctor and he said I was prediabetic and that it usually leads to diabetes 2.  Since then I went to another doctor and I have had 2 normal results at the lab but my blood glucose monitor has results much higher (in the prediabetic range).  Are the bayer ascensia contour blood glucose monitors (my monitor) accurate or should I go by the medical lab only.  Thanks for your help.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 7/18/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
The A1C is more accurate than meter readings but it would be a good idea to cut out all refined carbs! Good luck and congratulations for catching it early!
Cheers -


age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 7/18/2007 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi pt... What kind of numbers are we talking here? (i.e. When you say "bad" or "normal", what was the result?).

There is a difference in measuring capillary blood (your finger tip) and veinous blood (well, your vein. Like at the lab). A veinous-drawn test is more accurate of your body's current blood sugar level because the blood comes directly from the vein without some of the external influences that a finger pick does (think hygiene).

I always take a meter reading at the same time I get lab blood drawn just so I can compare my fasting glucose reading from the lab to my monitor. The two values have always been within acceptable levels.

Your HBA1C or A1C for short, will give you an AVERAGE of your blood sugars over the past 2.5-3 months.

What does your new doctor have to say?
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

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