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What does how often you need an A1c test depend on?

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You’ll probably get tested once a year if you have prediabetes.

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

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

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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