Fructosamine Test?

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  1. Jill A

    Jill A Member

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    I'm sorry, I am new to the group and I understand that I am supposed to link my original thread to new posts but I haven't been able to successfully do that...

    I'm on my second week of home testing after my cat spent 4 days at the emergency vet. When they sent him home, they told me I should follow up with my regular vet in 3 weeks and get a fructosamine test. Is that still necessary now that I am home testing? I'm afraid if I do that he is just going to try to get me to increase the dose.

    I haven't seen much mention of fructosamine tests on here and wondering if they are relevant.

    Thanks

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet...PzyUKX2WTbjiFGh0UIWL8uCkhPdSuIsIXhPAE/pubhtmlBam's Spreadsheet
    Bam also has hyperthyroidism
     
  2. Carol in Chicago

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    In my opinion, the fructosamine is not useful if you are home testing. A good spreadsheet (with lots of random tests through many different cycles) tells much more than fructosamine. This isn't to say that the vet is wrong - rather that is what they know. Most people don't home test, so they don't have a nice detailed spreadsheet. With no other data, the fructosamine does indicate an average over time. However, once your spreadsheet has a good variety of tests at different times will be far more valuable. I would save the money for something that will be of more value.

    Good job getting up and running with home testing. Next step will be to "fill in the blanks" in your spreadsheet with a variety of random tests through AM and PM cycles.

    To link your prior post, you will want to review "your content" to find your most recent post. Once you have that, copy the URL and use the link icon in the post new thread option to create a link.
     
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  3. Jill A

    Jill A Member

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    Thank you!
     
  4. Chubba (GA)

    Chubba (GA) Well-Known Member

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    My new vet (it took all summer, many tears, and 3 previous vets to find this office) usually uses the fructosamine test for diabetics, but when I showed him my spreadsheet he said I don’t think we really need that test. You already have lots of data. :) He’s been very understanding of me home testing and willing to work with us. Hopefully your vet will be as well. :bighug:
     
  5. Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey

    Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey Well-Known Member

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    Here is a link to your last post. If you still can't get it to work by following the instructions Carol gave you, let me know and I'll give you more details directions. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but I'm a slow learner. o_O

    Definitely skip the fructosamine test. Print out your SS and show it to the vet at your next appointment. Hopefully he/she will see the value in that instead.
     
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  6. Jill A

    Jill A Member

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    Thanks!
     
  7. Sienne and Gabby (GA)

    Sienne and Gabby (GA) Well-Known Member

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    A fructosamine test is an average of 2 - 3 weeks of BG levels. (It's similar to what humans get -- a HgA1c -- hemoglobin A1c to evaluate glucose levels). If you are getting routine BG tests, you can average them yourself. The only time a fructosamine test may be useful is at the time of diagnosis. Once you start home testing, it's redundant.
     
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