Home A1C Testing vs. the Lab

Amy Tenderich
By Amy Tenderich Latest Reply 2009-09-14 23:33:50 -0500
Started 2009-09-08 11:05:57 -0500

Has anyone here tried those home A1C testing kits? I just did for the first time, and it turned out pretty well:


But I received this kit as a free "review unit," and I'm not sure I'd keep investing my own money… since I've found these to be pretty inaccurate in the past.

Anyone else using the home kits regularly? Do you feel confident about the results?

6 replies

Colin Pye
Colin Pye 2009-09-10 12:19:52 -0500 Report

I saw one in the local pharmacy, when I was looking for a replacement insulin pen. The instructions seemed straightforward, and while it certainly is more complicated than a regular glucose test, I doubt they would have released it for public use if they found a lot of people having trouble getting an accurate result with it.

I'm a little surprised by the thought of it as a "home" kit, though. I'd expect to see such things as an in-office procedure at the doctor's office first. On the other hand, I remember how fierce their lancing devices were, when I had a BG done at the doctor's office…

I didn't ask about cost and coverage, but I know I'd like to get more regular A1C numbers than I currently have. My last one was over 9 months ago, and I know that's too long, for someone who is still working for lower numbers.

GabbyPA 2009-09-10 18:05:29 -0500 Report

It is only a home kit as far as you do the blood "letting" at home. You send off a card to a lab and they can email or snail mail your results. I got mine in a couple of days. It was a good experience, but it was intimidating to try to fill both of the "spots" with enough of my blood to make it work properly.

Colin Pye
Colin Pye 2009-09-11 07:51:34 -0500 Report

If you check the link that Amy provided, you will see that the kit she is talking about is self-contained, with nothing to send in, and gives you results within 5 minutes. Even FedEx can't get a sample to a lab that fast!

GabbyPA 2009-09-08 12:08:16 -0500 Report

I have only used one before I was able to get in to see a doctor. I did mine and then saw a doctor within a few weeks and there was only a .2 difference between the two. I felt comfortable with the one I used, but since I go to a clinic, it is now less expensive for me to get it done there and I get all of my other lipid info as well. So I have not done a second one. But for those who are not having it done in a lab, getting a home kit can give you some goals to work towards.

2009-09-08 12:02:46 -0500 Report

I have never tried one of these kits, but would be interested in knowing what others also thought of this. Thanks for the post.

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