If your A1C stays too high, it may increase your chances of having eye, kidney, nerve, and heart problems.
How often do I need an A1C?
You need an A1C at least twice a year. You need it more often if it is too high, if your diabetes treatment changes, or if you plan to become pregnant.
What if I plan to become pregnant?
Talk with your doctor before you get pregnant. Your doctor can help you reach an A1C target that allows a healthy baby to develop. If you are already pregnant, see your doctor right away.
Are there other numbers I need to know?
Yes, you need tests of your blood pressure and cholesterol (a blood fat). You and your health care team need to decide the best targets for these too. Keeping them in your target range can help lower your chances for having a heart attack or stroke.
How do I pay for these tests?
Medicare and most insurance pay for the A1C, cholesterol, and some self‐test supplies. Check with your insurance plan or ask your health care team for help. Click here for more on Medicare.
Published March 11, 2015.
Source: National Institutes of Health. April 23, 2014. National Diabetes Education Program. July 1, 2014.