Understand Your Test

Hemoglobin A1c

Formal Name

 Hemoglobin A1c

Why Get Tested?

To help identify those at an increased risk of developing diabetes and to help diagnose diabetes; to monitor a person's diabetes and to aid in treatment decisions.

When To Get Tested?

As part of a health checkup or when you have risk factors for or symptoms of diabetes; after first diagnosis with diabetes, 4 times per year if glycemic goals are not met or when therapy plan has changed; at least 2 times a year if meeting treatment goals and under stable glycemic control.