By Diamika Latest Reply 2014-12-07 16:57:59 -0600
Started 2014-12-05 05:59:41 -0600

How do you determine what your A1C is? I always check for what my BG is, but everyone asks me what my A1C is and I don't know. How do I find out?

7 replies

GabbyPA 2014-12-05 07:48:17 -0600 Report

A home kit is one way, but your doctor should have that information for you in your lab work. I always ask for a copy of my labs, so I can go home and look at it on my own. Your diagnosis should have involved some lab work and an A1c. I bet if you call the office you can find out.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-05 12:30:44 -0600 Report

Gabby thanks to modern technology and my smartphone, the medical system I use is not automated. I can sign in to my account. They give me a password. I can go online and view lab results, pull up my medication list and view xrays. I can now sit with my doctor and pull it up on my phone and we can discuss my lab results because I see what he sees. This also helps me to get my questions together before I get to his office. I use to ask for lab results but had to sign a release to have them mailed to me.

Meme329 2014-12-05 07:20:23 -0600 Report

You can either buy a kit at Walgreens to check, or get it checked by your endocrinologist.. It's a prick of your finger.

jayabee52 2014-12-05 09:28:07 -0600 Report

Howdy Meme
\They do that with finger sticks now?. Every time I have had an A1c i had to have a phlebotomist draw a vial of blood from me.

God's best to you


RetiredBear54 2014-12-07 08:12:13 -0600 Report

Hi Jayabee52,
Yes, there is an AIC measuring device that is much like your glucose meter. Just a drop of blood is all it takes. I didn't know about it either until a 9 months ago when started going to a new endocrinologist. Sadly enough my insurance stopped covering this clinic so I had to go back to using my GP for testing my AIC. He's still in the dark ages using the vampire to drain a test tube full of blood. Walgreen's has a machine for about $40.00. I don't know how expensive the "strips" are or if insurance will cover them.

Honestly I don't see the purpose of testing your own A1C as it's an average of 3 months. Nice for the doctor, but as a diabetic, you're more interested in the snapshot of where you are at the moment you test.

jayabee52 2014-12-07 16:57:59 -0600 Report

Howdy RBear
I am aware of those A1c machines, but for the rest of the A1c done through the Dr office was done with phlebetomist and sent off in a vial. If a Dr office chooses to use a kit as available at a pharmacy. However I am not sure those kits are as accurate as a blood draw.

God bless

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