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From Illinois, USA:

Our daughter, 3 1/2 years old, was previously diagnosed with Type 1. Her endocrinologist checks her HbA1c once every 3 months. They take a blood sample from her finger into a small tube and we get the results in about ten minutes [using the Ames DCA 2000 laboratory instrument]. Happily her readings have been between 5.5 and 6.5.

A friend in a diabetic support group told us her endo uses a different glycated hemoglobin test where a blood sample is taken from a arm vein. Her endo said the finger prick test is not accurate.

Do you have any information on glycohemoglobin test accuracy?

Answer:

Your daughter's endocrinologist is using a standard laboratory machine; it is used by many diabetes centers. Both of our offices have used DCA 2000's. These machines are nearly foolproof, and very highly reliable. Your friend's comment would seem to us to be incorrect.

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Original posting 15 Jan 97

  
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