One thing to remember with home glucose testing..... it's just a snapshot of that moment in time. The body naturally varies in BGLs but, with normal people, that variance always stays within a range of 4-7(70-126), regardless of food eaten. Falling outside this range is usually an indication that the body is struggling to metabolize carbs (aka Diabetes). It's a great tool for managing diabetes if used in conjunction with making appropriate diet/exercise choices. It's used on a daily basis to manage the situation in the present tense.
An A1C, on the other hand, gives you and average or a 90-day overview of what your BGLs were like. Average also means that sometimes your BGLs were above that number and sometimes below. You can't test every second (unless you're on a CGMS) so, it's hard to guess what your last 90 average (A1C) is by home testing results.
An A1C, along with daily logging information, can be used to pinpoint more specific areas of improvement when it comes to diet and exercise choices as well as whether medication may need to be considered. Good luck with the test
- 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