At home A1C tests...Are they worth the cost?

By ravenmoon33 Latest Reply 2011-06-24 15:08:28 -0500
Started 2011-06-23 23:24:21 -0500

I have recently been considering purchasing an at home A1C test kit. My last (and only) A1C test was at the doctor's office the day I was diagnosed (April of 2011) and it was 10.6 (which is bad I know). I have since gotten my bg under control and would like to know what my new number is but my doctor is waiting until August to check again. Is the at home A1C test accurate? And if so is it worth the money to buy the test and take at home since it has been 3 months since my last test?

4 replies

MAYS 2011-06-24 15:08:28 -0500 Report

The test are accurate but you should wait until you are tested by your doctor.
The reason being that if you test your own A1C now and then again in August you may not see a marginal improvement due to the shortness of time between them.

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Harlen 2011-06-24 14:59:54 -0500 Report

Will your Doc take the test as is or will they order a A1c a0s well
or do you just wish to know what youe A1c is ?
If its just for you go for it
If your 0Doc is going to 0o0rder one0 anyway then I would not
Best wishes

Ceunei 2011-06-24 04:52:30 -0500 Report

A1C covers the last three months. I bought one and tested, and, now am making the changes needed, I won't test again until 3-4 months have passed. I buy A1C over the counter because the doctor visit to get one is horribly overpriced even if covered by insurance. I read my EOB's and am shocked at the cost of a 15 min visit for which I waited half an hour or more.

I think it is worth it to buy home tests. The more I visit the doctor with insurance, the higher the prices of insurance and dr visits seems to get. I remember my economics class, and, it just doesn't make sense our medical care gets more expensive the more we use it.

jayabee52 2011-06-24 00:02:30 -0500 Report

In my opinion it is not worth it to buy an A1c test of your own. To test your A1c more frequently won't give you a more accurate or better result since it is a 3 month average reading of BG. We are almost done with June and getting closer to August. It won't be much change in A1c if you took it now. It would be basically doing the same test over again. My opinion, to do it would waste your money.

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