- Hemoglobin A1c is a Glycated Form of Hemoglobin as a Result of Hemoglobin in Red Blood Cells & Glucose Binding in the Bloodstream
- This is an Important Indicator of How Well Your Blood Sugar is Being Controlled
- Circulating Blood Cells Have An Average Lifespan of Approximately 120 Days, Therefore The Amount of HbA1C At Any Time Reflects The Average Exposure of Red Blood Cells To Glucose Over A 3 Month Period
- The American Diabetes Association Recommends Testing Your Hemoglobin A1c Levels Every 3-6 Months
- The CDC Estimates There Are Over 8.1 Million Undagnosed Cases of Diabetes in America
- Test Performed With A Simple Finger Stick In The Privacy Of Your Own Home
- Results Typically Available 3-5 Business Days After Receipt Of Sample At The Lab
- NO Additional Shipping or Lab Fees
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The Hemoglobin A1C blood testing kit is a great way to take control of your blood sugar levels. It is a lab test that helps determine your average glucose levels over three month's time. By conducting this test four times a year if you have diabetes and use insulin, you can gain a better handle on your diabetes and your specific diabetic needs.
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- What are the different type diabetes tests available?
There are two basic ways a health care professional monitors the blood glucose (sugar) of a diabetes patient:
Random blood glucose diabetes testing: This is usually a self-monitored test, performed by the patient randomly during the day, using a blood glucose meter that measures the actual level of sugar in the blood at the time of the test. This test can also be performed by a health care professional in a clinical setting.
Hemoglobin A1c diabetes testing: Since blood glucose levels vary widely during the day, a single measurement of blood glucose is a poor indicator of overall diabetes control. The hemoglobin A1c test, by comparison, measures the amount of sugar that is attached to the hemoglobin (the part of the cell that carries oxygen) in red blood cells. Once the sugar is attached, it stays there for the life of the red blood cell (about 120 days). The higher the level of blood sugar, the more sugar attaches to red blood cells. The hemoglobin A1c test measures the amount of sugar sticking to the hemoglobin in the red blood cells, showing the average blood sugar for the past several months. Results are given in percentages. The hemoglobin A1c goal for patients with diabetes is less than 7 percent. If you test your hemoglobin A1c routinely, you will know if your recent value is lower or higher than your last one. If the most recent value is lower, you know you are making progress. Conversely, if the recent value is higher, a change in treatment may be necessary. You will often need a change in treatment if your value is over 8 percent.
How often should I test for diabetes?
Random blood glucose diabetes testing should be done everyday as needed and as recommended by your doctor. Everyone affected with diabetes should have a hemoglobin A1c test at least twice a year. If you are affected with Type 1 diabetes, if you are taking insulin, or if your blood sugars are consistently too high, you should have this diabetes test performed every 3 months.
- Why do I need diabetes test?
Diabetes is a very serious disease. The build-up of sugar, without treatment, can cause blindness, heart attack, loss of feet or legs to amputation, kidney dysfunction, and even death. There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be controlled with proper self-management. Many people affected with diabetes lead very normal and productive lives by following a few simple guidelines: Proper diet Regular exercise Check your feet (daily) Eye examination (annual) Physical examination (annual) Total Cholesterol Panel blood test (annual) Hemoglobin A1c blood test (2-4 each year).
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