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Sat Dec 29 22:53:17 UTC 2012

How can I test on my fingers continually, without causing calluses? Is it Possible to damage my fingers so bad that I no longer cannot test on them?
Asked By: kam6972  

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I test 10 times a day. I am type 2 since 1998. My diabetes is not completely managed, but I am trying to get tight control. My finger tips are marked 'up' pretty bad. There are black spots on them where I have tested so much. My current Meter Allows for testing on palms which is a help. However, the majority of the time I need to use my fingers.
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2013-03-20 08:10:31.0

Hello Cam
The A1c measurement actually measures the amount of hemoglobin cells that are glycated or have glucose attached to them.You can Estimate your HbA1c level by taking an average of your glucose readings. The readings would have to include fasting and ramdomized reading throughout the day. eAG is a measurement of Estimated Average Glucose levels. Here is a calculation : eAG = (28.7 X A1C) - 46.7 eAG (estimated average glucose)

A1c of 6% equals eAG of 126ml/dl
A1c of 7% equals eAG of 154mg/dl
A1c of 8% equals eAG of 183mg/dl.

Answered By: Rita Juray
Accreditations: RN, MLT-ASCP, CCM, CDE
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