The Hemoglobin A1c Blood Testing Service 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 twice a year if you have diabetes and use insulin 4 times a year, you can gain a better handle on your diabetes and your specific needs.
Once you collect a blood sample, just send it into the laboratory. You will receive your results fast and be on your way to better controlling your diabetes.
You can see a sample result report here.
According to National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse; Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems:
- Right away, your cells may be starved for energy.
- Over time, high blood glucose levels may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart.
Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.
Note to NY Residents: due to NY State restrictions, this kit may not be sold to NY State Residents.
How Does the Hemoglobin A1c Test Work?
The specimen collection process is quick and virtually painless. Using the special finger lancet, which is included in the Blood Collection Kit, a couple of drops of blood are taken from a nick of the finger, placed on a small collection card, and sent to a CLIA Certified Laboratory for analysis. The kit tests your blood sample to see how much HbA1c is present and then reports the results in an easy-to-read, understandable form. Since hemoglobin A1c testing produces a numerical result rather than a simple "yes" or "no" answer, both testing approval and professional interpretation of test results is required by a licensed health care professional.
Please note that we strongly suggest that you visit your personal doctor with your results. The report is a complimentary service and not intended to provide health advice.