A1C test results - Do YOU have to wait?

By Tigereyze209 Latest Reply 2011-07-20 07:26:40 -0500
Started 2011-05-29 12:22:47 -0500

I am spotting a trend here, and I am starting to wonder if my experience is a normal event, or an exception.
When I go to my doctors office and they draw blood for lab tests, they send the samples out to the lab, and takes about a week to get the results back. The one exception is the A1c test they do locally, it only takes 15 minutes, and they have me wait, then give me the results.
I have to wonder.. is it typical to get your results so fast, or DO most folks actually have to wait for the A1c along with all the other test results as well?

27 replies

nursepat1 2011-07-20 07:26:40 -0500 Report

I just got the A1C NOW kit and tried it. I will find out how accurate it is at my next appointment; will let you know. It's a ttle under $30 ffor a kit with 2 tests; not too bad if it's accurate. Good way to keep up etween visits.

lab54 2011-07-18 13:09:34 -0500 Report

I get mine the next day. My doctor's office calls me as soon as they come in. Maybe just depends on the doctor's office. I would ask if they could get them to me sooner. Good luck

Anonymous 2011-07-07 09:30:15 -0500 Report

My results take about a week and my results can be viewed via a website which makes it easy and convenient for me.

ptcruisergirl 2011-06-23 17:56:07 -0500 Report

Your doctor has a kit that allows them to get results at their office in about 15 minutes, however, most doctors consider the test that the laboratory runs on your blood sample to be absolutely accurate. I had mine done via the lab on Friday and my doctor called me early Monday AM with the results.


MrsCDogg 2011-05-30 19:20:52 -0500 Report

At my last doctor I had to wait for about a week. They sent the samples out. This new docs office has their own lab in-house so I have the results in no more than 2 days.

Drees moma
Drees moma 2011-05-30 00:42:49 -0500 Report

It doesn't surprise me that you get the results so fast! Did you know that you can get an "at home. A1c test" ? You can! They cost about twenty dollars last I checked and work very fast top. Only makes sense you'd get quick results. What seems odd is having to wait so long for the rest of your results.? You must live on a rural area. Of all the blood work I have done, the A1c is the one I want first!

Tigereyze209 2011-05-30 11:39:49 -0500 Report

I live in a part of Florida that is near Daytona beach, but this county is very rural. Satsuma Florida, in Putnam county.
A very quiet place to live, but hard to find a job here.

AuntieM234 2011-05-29 21:38:45 -0500 Report

I've never had to wait for my lab results. If I go in the morning (which I definitely do if it includes the A1c test) my lab results are usually posted online by late afternoon the same day. Otherwise, they are available sometime in the evening of the same day. I can access the results at my leisure. I also receive detailed support information, with each lab test in case there is anything I don't understand. Then my Doctor follows up with an email if he feels an urgency, or he mails the results with a cover letter if my labs are all good and/or do not require urgent contact. Even if he does send the snail mail, I usually have it within48 hours.

scribbles 2011-05-31 16:51:59 -0500 Report

You get results online!!!! I'm jealous!! I live in a fairly large town and usually have to go back to the doctor 2 weeks later to get any test results.

Harlen 2011-05-29 21:21:41 -0500 Report

It can go iether way if I need the info now I do it at the Endo's office if not I do it at the lab
Best wishes

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-29 18:08:12 -0500 Report

When my Dr does the test in his office I get the result in about 5 minutes. If I go to the lab he calls me in a couple days.

vanrainey 2011-05-29 13:42:03 -0500 Report

I recently learned about a company called Epinex Diagnostics that has a US and European patent on a procedure that is going to be a vast improvement on A1C testing. Instead of measuring gycation on red bood cells which can only be done every three to four months it measures glycation of albumin which can be measured every three to four weeks. The test is not only immediate but it gives the most responsive and best indication of those physiological changes that are taking place with any regimens being tried. Like the A1C, it measures overall performance but is actually a more accurate predictor of potential pathologies. However, it can determine changes in a shorter period of time thus is a more responsive test. They are building units for use in doctors offices that produce immediate results, but they are also developing units that that can be used at home. The test procedure will probably eliminate the need for more expensive A1C testing but will also probably obviate the need for frequent home glucose monitoring. Check it out at www.epinex.com.

realsis77 2011-05-29 13:22:18 -0500 Report

I always had to wait until my next appointment before I got my results. I never got them right away. Perhaps it depends on the doctor and the lab and their realationship?

kdroberts 2011-05-29 13:16:40 -0500 Report

Usually it takes them a few hours you do all my lab work. I just go to the lab the next day and get a copy of the results. Hemocue has a lab accurate A1c test that doesn't take long. If they take blood from your finger and put it on a kind of glass plate thing, almost like a microscope slide, then that's what it is. If they draw blood from your arm, it could still be the same thing but I doubt you would see the plate.

Kirla 2011-05-29 12:35:19 -0500 Report

I always had to wait about a week for the test results to come back from the lab. I know the Bayer A1C Now home test kits are marketed to doctors so they can do the tests in the office. It takes about 10 minutes for me to set it up and draw the blood and do the test. I seen advertisements for doctors where the get a big discount for buying 200 tests at a time. Maybe your doctor uses a professional version of the home test kits.

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