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Farmer: "He was reluctant to order it, but finally did. I told him regardless of the results, at least we have a baseline. Fair enough. But since there was no medical justification for getting the test done, I'll probably have to pay for it myself completely. My A1C is 5.9%. My doctor did not express any concern about that number and I'm grateful for that."

hey farmer, as discussed elsewhere on this board, you can purchase your own A1C test kit to do at home, if i recall its about 10 tests for ~$100. the kit works, i've compared my test with the analysis done in hospital labs and you get basically the same number. i am sure for your purpose, this is much cheaper than getting the doc's lab to do it while you pay for it. and it saves you having to beg your doc. if you keep track of the #s and they start to go up, then you have excellent data with which (s)he will be persuaded to order it if the time should come. regards
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