A1C test from Wal-Mart

By Merlyce Latest Reply 2008-06-27 22:34:43 -0500
Started 2008-06-22 02:45:20 -0500

has anyone used the A1C test from Wal-Mart?
is it worth using?

3 replies

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-06-23 06:15:18 -0500 Report

We've never used one as we get an A1C test at each clinic appointment (every 3 months).

But from what I could find out about the tests, you need to look to see if the kit you're considering is certified by the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program or NGSP.

The other tests may give you questionable results.

trisha - 18108
trisha - 18108 2008-06-27 12:59:14 -0500 Report

john, hi i'm trisha, I don't mean to sound dumb, but what is a1c test

taz202020 2008-06-27 22:34:43 -0500 Report

An A1C is an average of you're blood glucose levels over a period of time. It's checked by a blood test about every three months by your doctor for an overall picture of how controlled your diabetes is. Depending on the results, you may not have to change anything, or sometimes they may change your dose of medication, or may change you to another medication if your bg levels remain uncontrolled. Sometimes all that is needed is some dietary changes. Make sure you talk to your doctor about this as they should have discussed this with you. I'm assuming you're a fairly new diabetic? My doctor didn't tell me about anything including how to test and use the meter or what kind of results I should be looking for. Our local hospital teaches classes for new diabetics and I learned all about diabetes, nutrition, meds and testing. Check with your local hospital to see about setting up an appointment with a nutritionsist and a nurse who specialize in diabetic education. They should have a Diabetic Department that can set you up with the right people and they may offer educational classes that you can attend. Someone on this site will probably give you a better or more detailed explanation of what an A1C is.