Home HbA1c testing kits allow you the chance to get a good idea of your HbA1c level

This can be useful in between getting scheduled HbA1c tests from your doctor.

Note that home HbA1c tests should not be used as a substitute for the tests from your doctor and should be not be used in place of an official diagnosis.

There are 2 different types of HbA1c tests:

  • A blood test which is sent to your home which you can send back via the post
  • A HbA1c meter which calculates your HbA1c at the time of testing

How do home HbA1c blood tests work?

Home HbA1c blood tests involve a package being sent to you home address containing everything you need to take a blood sample.

Once the blood sample is taken, simply send this back to the provider and you will receive your test results in 1 to 3 days.

How home HbA1c test kits work

Home HbA1c tests can often be carried out within a relatively short space of time.

Most home HbA1c tests require a sample of blood from the finger which is then applied to a solution.

The solution usually requires a small bit of processing, which can vary depending on the kit. The solution may require one or more of the following: shaking, heating or letting to stand. The solution is then applied to a reagent.

The result may be given in different ways depending on the kit.

Some kits provide a numeric result, others may provide a yes or no answer as to whether the HbA1c value is above or below a certain number.

Make sure you read the instructions through carefully before beginning.

Personal A1c
The Personal A1c Diabetes HbA1c Rapid Test Kit allows people to test whether they have sugar levels in a diabetic range.

A1cNow is a home testing kit for HbA1c. The test requires a drop of blood and allows you to get a good reading of your HbA1c level within a few minutes.

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