I watched an interesting documentary the other night on diabetes in humans and testing. The specialist strongly recommended this a1c test:
The hemoglobin (hgb) A1c blood test is like a 2-3 month average blood sugar. What you ate the night before the Hgb A1c blood test does NOT affect the result. The test can be done at any time of the day in a lab using a sample of blood from your arm. There are also home kits -see a few paragraphs below.
You do not need to be fasting to have an Hbg A1c blood test done. It can also be known as HbA1c, hemoglobin A1c, A1c, glycosylated hemoglobin, glycohemoglobin or glycated hemoglobin.
Let's compare A1c to candy apples. Imagine your red blood cells are like candy apples in a zooped up candy factory - maybe Willy Wonka's - where the apples get soaked in syrup for 3 months! The more sugar in the syrup, the sweeter the apple. Well, the more sugar in your blood, the sweeter the red blood cell. Blood sugar sticks to the hemoglobin in red blood cells - and the red blood cells live for 3 months while floating around in your blood. There you have it - candy coated hemoglobin.
The medical profession calls it glycosylated hemoglobin. (Any protein with sugar attached to it is called "glycosylated").
I know many of us home test but I for one cannot afford to test more than twice a day, cost of test strips to prohibitive. There are test kits available for humans so can these be used on dogs.
Thoughts on this topic?
I am attaching a link to the: 2009/10 Consumer’s Guide to Diabetes Products and Medications - lots of useful info even though not pert related.http://www.diabetes.ca/ab...terature/consumer-guide/
Please note this is Canadian content but I am sure the US has a similar site.