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Hemoglobin A1C Blood Test

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Hemoglobin becomes glycated when it carries too much sugar, which can impede it from performing its necessary functions.

Hemoglobin A1c Lab Tests, also called A1c, HbA1c, or glycated hemoglobin, is generally used by doctors to check for diabetes or prediabetes in adults. If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, an HbA1c can help you and your doctor evaluate and manage your condition.

Hemoglobin is a protein that enables red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. It becomes glycated when it binds with excess glucose. The Hemoglobin A1C test measures the percentage of hemoglobin that is glycated. Elevated A1C can indicate that a patient is at a higher risk of developing diabetes. There are no fasting requirements for this test.

The Hemoglobin A1c test is the gold standard for measuring blood sugar levels; it identifies average blood sugar (glucose) levels over the past 2-3 months so you can track your progress in managing your diabetes. Glucose blood levels are tightly controlled by hormones like insulin produced by the pancreas. Consistently high blood glucose is typically seen in individuals with uncontrolled or undiagnosed diabetes. In people with diabetes, insulin is either less effective or not produced in sufficient quantity thus making it harder to manage the amount of sugar passing through the blood.

Common signs of high blood sugar levels include increased thirst, increased hunger, frequent urination, fatigue, blurry vision, darkened areas of the folds in the skin (often found in the armpits, groin, and/or neck), and weight loss.

This test may be right for those who are overweight or obese, and/or have certain risk factors for diabetes, such as:

  • Have a first- or second-degree family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Are American Indian, African American, Latino, Asian American, or Pacific Islander race or ethnicity
  • Have a mother who had diabetes while pregnant with them
  • Have conditions that may point to issues with how the body uses insulin:
    • Darkened areas in the folds of skin, often found in the armpits, groin, and neck (acanthosis nigricans)
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
    • Low birth weight

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+$15 service fee

Price does not include the Physician Service Fee ($6) and the Lab Collection Fee ($9). These non-refundable fees cover the ordering and oversight of lab tests and follow-up services when appropriate.

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No. At Tripment Health, we focus on providing transparent healthcare services to uninsured or under-insured individuals. We’ve negotiated prices directly with lab test facilities to make diagnostic lab panels available to individuals who would rather pay directly than go through a private or government-sponsored insurance carrier.

No. By purchasing a blood panel, you will not be able to submit any claim, bill, or other request for reimbursement to any insurer, third-party payer, or government health program. However, you can use your FSA and HSA card. 

You will receive a payment confirmation email, then an additional email confirming your appointment details (time and location of appointment, and QR code). You will need to present your QR code at the testing facility to check in.

No. One of our physicians will order the panels for you.

You must be 18 or over to be able to get tested.