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One HbA1C per year?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Lynne C J, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. Lynne C J

    Lynne C J Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm T1 and very well controlled, test BG regularly etc but I still only have one HbA1C a year for my diabetic check up. Just on insulin injections, not a pump. Is this the same for other T1's?

    My Accu-Chek meter gives me 7, 14, 30 and 90 day averages which correlate with my HbA1C result so I'm not concerned, just interested
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Yep, same for me. And sometimes they run late so not even that often.
     
  3. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Not a T1, but as a T2 I am entitled to four hba1c blood tests a year at the pathology shop.
     
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  4. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I was offered 3 or 4 times for blood tests and reviews including hba1c, but as everything is going well I told them I prefer once a year.
    They agreed, as long as I promised to give them a call when there are problems.
     
  5. Marie 2

    Marie 2 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    They test me about every 6 months. Most of the time in the USA they have you see an endo if you are type 1 and want to see and test you every 3 to 6 months. If you are in good control the appointment is more for if you have any concerns, want new or change your prescriptions or new devices/tech etc. You can call them or e-mail them for the same things, but most of the insurance companies want an endo or other doctor to touch bases with you and check blood work etc 2-4 times a year.
     
  6. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It seems to vary from annual to bi annual or quarterly dependent on results. My next is due bi annually because I have an FSL so need to justify it plus I've gone up to 8.3 in the past , have had complications etc. which makes me a tier 3 o4 patient as far as the NHS is concerned.
     
  7. kaylz91

    kaylz91 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've had twice this year, one in January when I attended a DSN appointment (fortunately they have a machine that can do it with a sample via finger prick rather than the full works) and then again in May with the full works when I had my review with my consultant

    They did test me very regularly for a while the year after I was diagnosed due to low hba1c's that they wanted to keep an eye on
    xx
     
  8. Shannon27

    Shannon27 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's so strange! I get them every 4 months, i wonder if that's because mine are still in the high range?
     
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  9. Peter03

    Peter03 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have mine every 3 months here in France, always okay
     
  10. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Before I was place on a pump I was tested once a year (if I was lucky). Since I have been pumping I have been checked every 3 months. Now moving to every 6 months
     
  11. SueJB

    SueJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I had my 6 monthly appointment with the consultant yesterday and she's moved me to every 8 months. I'm OK with that because I can contact a diabetic nurse by email if I've got any questions.
     
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  12. Lynne C J

    Lynne C J Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Wow, it must depend on where you live perhaps? Good for you x
     
  13. Lynne C J

    Lynne C J Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've never seen a consultant so don't know if that is a good thing or not! Seems to be going well without that. The local Consultant Endocrinologist came out to an event organised by my surgery, he was so dour it would be enough to make you jump off a cliff if your results weren't good! Mind you, some of the patients attending obvously had no idea about their diabetes so perhaps that's why he's as he is. Patients with HbA1c's of 120 who wouldn't have any treatment, gotta wonder!
     
  14. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I live in a non NHS country for a start, and my GP has always been supportive with the blood tests and signing the NDSS strip form.
     
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