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Home Test for Diabetes Control

The Gist: The FDA has approved a home test kit for the blood level of glycated hemoglobin to help monitor the blood levels of sugar over the past 3-4 months, as opposed to the usual blood tests that only provide a reading of the blood sugar level at that one point in time.

Comment: As a diabetic, I now have blood drawn every 3-4 months at my doctor's office and sent to a lab to test for glycated hemoglobin. I think I'll be buying this new test kit soon.

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com


FDA CLEARS HOME GLYCATED HEMOGLOBIN TEST FOR DIABETICS

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the first over-the-counter test that measures glycated hemoglobin in people with diabetes to help monitor how well they are managing their disease (glycemic control).

The test, called Metrika A1c Now, is currently available by prescription only. Over-the-counter status means that the test can now be purchased without a prescription and used at home, with results on the spot, making it readily available to people with diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are too high. Abnormally high levels of glucose can damage the small and large blood vessels, leading to blindness, kidney disease, amputation of limbs, stroke, and heart disease.

Glycated hemoglobin is a unique substance created as a result of interaction between hemoglobin and glucose.