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Read the article to know more about Diabetes, HbA1C Test and many more relevant details below.
The article covers the following topics:
- Will insurance cover my Hemoglobin A1C test?
- What is HbA1C / Hemoglobin A1C test?
- Why is Hemoglobin A1C test done?
- When should I take a Hemoglobin A1C test?
- Is there any preparation required before an A1C test?
- How is the HbA1C test performed?
- Are there any risks to HbA1C test?
- What are the normal A1C levels?
- How often should I take an HbA1C test?
Will Insurance cover my Hemoglobin A1C test?
When the test is ordered online, it is less expensive compared to the lab prices. Most of the insurance companies do not cover all the blood tests, however it depends on your health plans. Our medical testing partner site does not accept any insurance, but they will provide you with an itemized receipt containing the test name, test code and CPT code which is necessary for insurance reimbursement purposes.
What is HbA1C / Hemoglobin A1C test?
Hemoglobin A1C test is also known as glycated hemoglobin or glycohemoglobin test or glycosylated hemoglobin test. It is a simple and inexpensive blood test which measures the amount of blood sugar (glucose) present in hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein present in red blood cells and it carries oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body. Hemoglobin A1C test tells the average level of blood glucose in the past three months as the red blood cells typically live for about 3 months.
Why is Hemoglobin A1C test done?
A1C test is done to check for diabetes or prediabetes in adults. Prediabetes refers to when the blood sugar levels show that you are at risk of getting diabetes. In case of a diabetes person, HbA1C test is a regular test which helps to monitor and maintain the blood glucose level.
HbA1C test is also repeated on a regular basis to monitor the diabetes treatment plan.
When should I take a Hemoglobin A1C test?
Your physician may ask you to take A1C test in case if you experience the following symptoms or if you are at a higher risk of getting diabetes.
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Unexplained weight loss
- Feeling hungry frequently
Risk factors include
- Being obese
- High blood pressure
- History of having heart disease
- Physically inactive
High levels of blood sugar can lead to the following complications.
- Foot problems
- Erectile dysfunction
- Urinary tract infection
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Diabetic eye disease
Is there any preparation required before an A1C test?
There is no special preparation required for HbA1C test. You can have your usual diet.
How is the HbA1C test performed?
A phlebotomist will draw a blood sample using the small needle from the vein in your arm. The blood sample is collected in a test tube and then sent for analysis. It takes less than 5 minutes to do this test.
Are there any risks to HbA1C test?
There is no risk of taking an A1C test. You might have a slight pain in the area where needle was put in. But these symptoms go away quickly.
What are the normal A1C levels?
- Normal A1C levels range between 4% and 5.6%.
- If A1C levels range between 5.7% and 6.4%, it indicates you are at a higher risk of getting diabetes (prediabetes).
- A1C levels higher than 6.5% shows that you have diabetes.
Sometimes, Hemoglobin A1C test results may be inaccurate due to the following reasons.
- People with diseases affecting hemoglobin like anemia.
- Other supplements such as Vitamin C, E and B12.
- Antiviral and antimicrobial medicines
- Aspirin treatment
- High Cholesterol levels
- People with kidney and liver diseases.
How to bring the A1C levels down?
A combination of balanced healthy diet, exercise and proper medication can bring the HbA1C levels down.
A1C levels can also be altered by
- Oral or IV glucose intake
- Use of insulin
How often should I take an HbA1C test?
People with Diabetes should take an A1C test every 3 months to monitor and check the average blood sugar level. For people with a normal blood glucose level, it is recommended to check for A1C at least twice in a year.
Hemoglobin A1C test is not used for gestational diabetes (high blood sugar level develops during pregnancy and disappears usually after giving birth) and for diagnosing diabetes in children.
Your physician may recommend you to take different tests if you have any disorders affecting hemoglobin.
Tests cannot be conducted in the labs of New jersey, New York or Rhode Island, but you can take the test in the lab nearest to the state.