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How often should I get an A1c test?

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You’ll probably get tested once a year if you have pre-diabetes, which means you have a strong chance of developing diabetes.

You may get tested twice each year if you have type 2 diabetes, don't use insulin, and your blood sugar level is usually in your target range.

You could get it three or four times each year if you have type 1 diabetes.

You’ll likely get four tests per year if you have type 2 diabetes and use insulin, or have trouble keeping your blood sugar level in your target range.

You may also need the test more often if your diabetes plan changes or you start a new medicine.

From: Do You Know Your A1c Target? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lab Tests Online: "Hemoglobin A1C."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "The A1C Test & Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "A1C and eAG."

Clinical Diabetes: "Your A1C Results: What Do They Mean?"

Mayo Clinic: "A1C test: Overview," Mayo Clinic: "A1C test: Why it's done," Mayo Clinic: "A1C test: Results."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Diabetes mellitus type 2: Overview (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 27, 2017

SOURCES:

Lab Tests Online: "Hemoglobin A1C."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "The A1C Test & Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "A1C and eAG."

Clinical Diabetes: "Your A1C Results: What Do They Mean?"

Mayo Clinic: "A1C test: Overview," Mayo Clinic: "A1C test: Why it's done," Mayo Clinic: "A1C test: Results."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Diabetes mellitus type 2: Overview (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 27, 2017

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