How do I check my a1c? My doctor did it when I was diagnosed but not since then. Can I do that at home? Do I have to have a special meter?

Patty Bonsignore


The A1C test should be ordered every 3 to 6 months, depending on the result. Call your doctor’s office and ask for a repeat A1C test if you haven’t had one recently. There is a test sold under the name A1C NOW that people can use at home to check their own A1C, however, it can be expensive and a little complicated to use. This home test can give you an idea of how you are doing, but a lab test is more reliable.

July 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

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mountain Granny 2017-03-16 10:17:10 -0500 Report

In the past week my sugar has shot up to 160-190 previously it was 110-130. I am on new medication temporarily but my doctor and pharmacist say there is no reason the meds I am taken should do that. I have adjusted my food etc. but have had to quit a lot of my exercise to a broken collar bone on Left side and torn ligaments on the right. I am still doing leg and hand exercises. could the reduced amount of exercise be the culprit?

Fritzman 2016-12-15 20:38:48 -0600 Report

man i was doing real good at this, and now my a1c and sugar has gone through the roof i have lost control of it all, I need help too get it back under control

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Sarita 53 2016-02-15 00:20:57 -0600 Report

In 2009 I was told that I had type 2 diabetes and I was at my highest weight ever over 340 I got so depressed and my Aunt bought me a pair of skecher shoes and I just started to walk little bit at a time and swimming and I started to lose a few lbs but then I had some emotional pain from losing family members that passed away and I went on a binge eating sweet's and not eating food and I got very sick but I just started again to walk dance it took me till now 2016 I'm down to 237 that's 103 lbs gone and I have some energy and feel alot better and the Dr said my A1c my in the normal stage and my sugar is under control now all I want to say is you can do it if you want it I had high blood pressure and now I am off my medicine for that my blood pressure is normal now if anyone wants to add me as a friend I will encourage you for whatever you need it for

Rosariane 2016-01-26 20:04:50 -0600 Report

there is a formula that you can use, average blood sugar, add 46.7 and divide by the result by 28.7, should help you to self monitor.

KBLegg 2015-01-25 16:43:35 -0600 Report

Sorry I'm so late in commenting. I bought Bayer A1C at home kits a few years back. It didn't work at all, and the company sent a replacement — it was a failure also. I suggest you use a pharmacy which offers an A1C check for ~$30.00 if you want to get an evaluation between doctor visits.

Pegsy 2014-09-28 18:31:59 -0500 Report

I recently used the Bayer A1c Now self test kit and found it to be very easy to use. I see my doctor soon and will compare my results with hers. I like the idea of being able to test at home between visits with my doctor. It gives me confidence in my diabetes management.

KBLegg 2014-09-22 08:02:17 -0500 Report

Check with your local pharmacy — you get results immediately. Generally, cost is ~$30.00. We've had NO success with the Bayer test kits — a total waste of money!

KBLegg 2014-09-22 08:02:07 -0500 Report

Check with your local pharmacy — you get results immediately. Generally, cost is ~$30.00. We've had NO success with the Bayer test kits — a total waste of money!

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