Did you know that diabetes can place you at risk for heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness? That’s why it’s important to work with your provider to outline a treatment plan based on your needs. An HbA1c test helps you to know your blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar is controlled, you feel better – you can have more energy, fewer sick days, and avoid complications.
What is an HbA1c test?
The HbA1c test, also known as the hemoglobin A1c or glycated hemoglobin test, is a blood test for people with diabetes that gives a good indication of how well your diabetes is being controlled. The test results reflect a person’s blood glucose levels over the previous 8-12 weeks. This information helps you and your provider determine if changes are needed in your treatment plan or lifestyle.
How often should I have an HbA1c test?
The American Diabetes Association recommends you have this test every 3 to 6 months depending on your level of control. If your therapy has changed or you are not meeting your glycemic goals, you may need testing every 3 months.
Where can I go to have the HbA1c test?
Your PCP or a specialist will order the test. Labs may require a lab form or written note for the test.
If you need help scheduling your appointment, call Member Services at 410-779-9932 or Toll free: 1-844-386-6762, TTY: 711.
Healthy Advantage Reward: All members with diabetes are eligible for this reward. Return your completed HbA1c Test Reward form to us. If you complete this test, along with a nephropathy exam/visit and retinal eye exam, you will receive a $15 gift card.
MAPD 2018 DIABETES HbA1c TEST REWARD FORM