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Haemoglobin is a protein component of the red blood cell and carries oxygen around the body.  When haemoglobin joins with glucose it becomes glycated to form glycated haemoglobin A (HbA1c or A1c).  HbA1c or A1c tests can measure the level of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) in your blood over a period of 8 – 12 weeks, which provides useful information on glucose control. 

This measurement can be beneficial in general health checks, directing you to seek appropriate medical advice if needed, or used to check and monitor you if you are diabetic.  A1c Now® SELF CHECK is easy to use, quick, efficient, and accurate measuring HbA1C in 5 minutes from a single drop of blood. 

Portable and compact, the device can be used anywhere at any time, you can even measure your A1c levels in the comfort of your own home! There is no need for any special diets or fasting, and all you need to perform the test(s) are provided in the kit.  No additional equipment is needed. 

The A1cNow® SELF CHECK embraces new concepts for self-monitoring – there is no need to continuously buy new tests or maintain your device.  Now all you need is the kit – once you have used the two test cartridges the analyser can be discarded!

The A1c Now® SELF CHECK has built-in quality control checks ensuring the device is working at its optimum.  The device has been certified by the National Glycohaemoglobin Standardisation Program which develops standards for A1c tests and is also CE marked. 

The A1c Now® SELF CHECK kit contains all the equipment you need to perform 2 HbA1c tests.

 

Important notes

* Do not make any changes to your treatment, lifestyle or diet based on the A1c Now® SELF CHECK without consulting your doctor.  These tests do not replace regular blood glucose monitoring or doctor’s advice/treatment plan. 

PLEASE NOTE – This test involves the use of the safety lancet device to withdraw blood from your finger. Please ensure the person being tested is seated during the blood withdrawal process.

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Test kit contains: A1c Now® SELF CHECK analyser; cartridge pouch (2); shaker pouch (2) containing blood collector (1) and disposable lancet (1); quick reference guide and an overview and helpful hint guide  

FAQ

What is A1c?

A1c or HbA1c refers to glycated haemoglobin A.  Haemoglobin is a protein component of the red blood cell and carries oxygen around the body.  When haemoglobin joins with glucose it becomes glycated. 

Why is an A1c test useful?

HbA1c or A1c tests can measure the level of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) in your blood.  This is a good indicator for blood glucose levels over a period of 8 – 12 weeks. 

Knowing your HbA1c level is particularly useful in diabetes where good glucose control is essential.  A reduction in HbA1c has shown to reduce the risk of certain diabetes-related complications.  

This measurement can also be beneficial in general health checks directing you to seek appropriate medical advice if needed or check the progress of your positive lifestyle/diet changes. 

How does the A1cNow® SELF CHECK system work?

The A1cNow® SELF CHECK uses a system of chemical reactions to measure the A1c levels in your blood. 

Can I purchase more cartridges?

Due to UK guidlines we are unable to distribute test cartridges seperately to the A1CNow Self Check analyser. You should dispose of the A1CNow Self Check analyser after using the two tests provided in the pack.

Does it hurt?

No, the testing process is painless however a blood sample is needed, which is collected using a sample collector from a finger prick.  The finger prick is done using a lancet provided in the kit.  This has been described as a sharp scratch. 

Do I need a lot of equipment?

Not at all.  All you need to perform the test(s) are provided in the kit.  No additional equipment is needed. 

What are the side-effects?

There are no side-effects as the test is performed outside your body.  However, a finger prick is required to obtain the blood sample, which may be slightly uncomfortable for some people. 

How accurate is the A1cNow® SELF CHECK?

The A1c Now® SELF CHECK has been certified by the National Glycohaemoglobin Standardisation Program (NGSP) which develops standards for A1c tests.  The NGSP ensures that A1c results are comparable to the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT). 

It is unlikely that your A1c Now® result will match the A1c result obtained from your medical professional or laboratory.  In these clinical environments, different technologies from the A1c Now® SELF CHECK are used to determine your A1c.  Every test, be it laboratory to home testing has a degree of variation.  The A1c Now® result can differ from -11 to +9 mmol/mol from your true A1c result.  This means that if you have a true A1c of 53 mmol/mol, the A1c Now® SELF CHECK result may be between 42 to 62 mmol/mol 

It is very important that you discuss the use of this test and test results with your medical/healthcare professional, especially if the result widely differ from the results obtained in clinical settings such as laboratories.  Do not make any changes to your treatment, lifestyle or diet based on the A1c Now® SELF CHECK without consulting your doctor.  These tests do not replace regular blood glucose monitoring or the doctor’s advice/treatment plan. 

If it is not as accurate as laboratory tests, then why should I use it?

The A1c Now® SELF CHECK has been certified by NGSP and accuracy tests to ensure the device meets the strict requirements.  It can be performed at any time, in any place and does not require fasting or special diets.  Results are available in 5 minutes so you know your A1c levels there and then. 

The A1c Now® SELF CHECK is not designed to screen or diagnose diabetes – only a trained medical professional can do this.  It is simply designed to help you monitor your glucose levels over an extended period in the comfort of your home helping to direct you to seek medical advice when needed, or see the effects of your lifestyle choices. 

Do not make any changes to your treatment, lifestyle or diet based on the A1c Now® SELF CHECK without consulting your doctor.  These tests do not replace regular blood glucose monitoring or doctor’s advice/treatment plan. 

What does the result mean?

The result depends on what your target and objectives are.  Results should always be discussed with your medical/healthcare professional. 

The device measures the ratio of A1c haemoglobin to haemoglobin and presents this in mmol/mol.  These units are set by the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC) so that the same system of reporting results is used worldwide. 

If you are used to seeing results as a percentage (%, DCCT units), there is a table on the inside of the package listing the IFCC values and the corresponding DCCT values.

Can the test give me a false reading?

Yes, it can give a false reading for some people.  People that have conditions that affect their blood or haemoglobin, for example, anaemia, pregnancy, heavy bleeding, kidney or liver disease.  People with bleeding disorders or on anti-coagulant therapy should consult their medical/healthcare professional before using this test. 

Some people have a certain haemoglobin variant which can also affect the A1c test.  If you are in doubt, then discuss this with your medical professional. 

I read some negative reviews – I am not sure if this is a good product?

The A1c Now® SELF CHECK is a PTS Diagnostic product.  PTS Diagnostics are known for their innovative and accurate technology.

How often should I test my HbA1c levels?

This depends on your objective(s) and if in consultation with your medical/healthcare professional, then their recommendations.  This test is not a substitute for blood glucose monitoring tests.  It should not be used to screen or diagnose diabetes. 

The lifespan of a red blood cell is approximately 12 weeks.  This system can be used as part of your routine health checks or to see if your lifestyle changes have worked. 

BHR Pharmaceuticals Ltd strongly recommend that you discuss the use of this test, test results and what they mean for you with your GP and follow the advice that they give you.

Who is the test not suitable for?

  • Pregnant women
  • Children and young adults

It is advised that if the following condition(s) affect you then you should consult your medical/healthcare professional before you use this test:

  • different haemoglobin variants
  • bleeding disorder(s)
  • conditions that affect the blood or haemoglobin e.g. anaemia
  • heavy bleeding
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease

Where can I get more information?

Your medical/healthcare professional will be able to give you advice or direct you to the most appropriate resources. 

Other useful resources include:

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excellent Product Review by kummy
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I had the privilege of finding out about A1c now through an advertisement in balance, a specialist twice monthly magazine for Diabetes suffers. I immediately ordered it as I know my specialist was only interested in HbA1c and has to wait for it to be checked at my G.P practice twice a year. When I discovered AIC NOWit was amazing. I was helped by an enthusiastic team at BHR. They helped through the method and I was impressed by the accuracy of the test result. It is highly recommended for anybody who has to wait for a year to get Hb1c4done through the G.P. practice. (Posted on 26/07/2017)
A great product - I use once per fortnight. Review by Cherryaa
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The Hba1c home test kit, is a great device for checking that you are on track. I am T2 diabetic and I use a libre freestyle monitor to keep an eye on my blood sugars 24/7. That device lasts two weeks. Each time I change it i also check my Hba1c to check where I am overall. so far I have found that the changes in Hba1c during these periodic reviews can be explained by the level of carbohydrates I ate during the previous couple of weeks. Thus it is a great way to keep on track overall. I take no medication and have reduced by Hba1C from 92 to 41 over 10 months via diet alone - restricting carbohydrates and self testing via my libre1C test kit. In practice I am now considering whether i need to continue with the libre, knowing that the Hba1c very two weeks will tell me the same story and not be anything like as intrusive of my life as the continual monitoring of blood sugars - whether via the finger stick method or the continuous monitor. (Posted on 25/07/2017)
Amazing HBA1C home testing kit for type 1 diabetes. Review by Jenny Potter
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22nd July 2017 at 1.26am did the HbA1c test whilst my son was asleep after doing his normal blood tests. All I can say is this device is amazing. I knew about this product when it was only available in the USA and waited until available here. For 6 years we have had to collect blood via a test tube to give to GP every 3 months to send off to get HbA1c result this had always been a challenge as the test tube was so long and it took ages to get the blood to the bottom of the tube. Finally my hospital for my son managed to get a machine to test bloods on the spot for HbA1c which is done every 3 months. However I was looking for something I could use at home to check blood sugars and my son's hbA1c results and to review and work towards our target range. This device is incredible. The device comes with
1) a lancet however if you would prefer to use the lancet that you normally use to take bloods this does not matter as I used our own and still worked amazingly.

2) Blood collector which you just simply put by blood drop and it sucks the blood up easily you can add more blood if you have not collected enough.

3) A shaker unit which you just insert the blood collector unit into making sure there are no gaps and then shake for 5 seconds.

4) You then open the cartridge pack only open once blood sample is collected and insert into the hbA1c meter reader then you wait for SMPL display to appear and remove base from the shaker and press the shaker into the cartridge until the words "RUN" appear on the display and remove the shaker. Do not Touch the HBA1C meter whilst the results are being calculated.

The display then counts down until the result appears.

My son's hbA1c result for 22nd July 2017 at 1. 26 am as did when my son was asleep so he was not worried about what I was doing etc. HbA1c blood result was 57. I am confident that I will buy this device again. The device comes with two tests to use and then bin the whole thing including the hbA1c meter. For the price of £42.91p it is so worth it and it is great having the result instantly. It also means that you can then if the result is a great result keep doing what you are doing or if there is room for improvement on blood sugars you can then tweak your insulin to carb ratio, etc to improve on the results. A must for anyone that has type 1 diabetes and it is so reassuring knowing that the past 3 months you have worked hard to achieve great results. My son did not wake up at all whilst doing test result it is easy to use and the instructions are very easy. signed Jenny Potter. (Posted on 22/07/2017)
Great Product Review by Jamie
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Really great tool for checking my hba1c levels. (Posted on 15/05/2017)

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