People with diabetes need to have regular tests, called A1C tests, to check their blood sugar. Some patients must check their blood sugars at home and bring a record of these to each doctor’s visit to help monitor how well they are controlling blood sugars between visits.
This measure shows the percent of patients with diabetes in each practice who received at least one A1C test. A higher number is better.
Why it is important
To help manage your diabetes, keep your blood sugar level as close to normal as possible. Regular A1C tests show your blood sugar level over the last three months. When your doctor orders the test, it is your responsibility to go to a lab to give a blood sample.
What you and your doctor should do
Most people with diabetes need an A1C test every 3-6 months depending on how well blood sugar is controlled. Your doctor should tell you how often you need this test, what the results are, and what it means for your diabetes control.
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