Recently I purchased an at home A1c kit. The company is Reli-On and I bought it, at Walmart, for about $9.00. I was concerned about the price at first, is cheap always good? However in this case I thought I would take a chance.
I was asked by a few people on my Facebook page, The Diabetic Mommy, if I could give a quick review of the product. I figured why not, I know a lot of people have been wanting to try it, myself included, and so here are my thoughts..
This is what the box looks like. Fairly self explanatory there. You can find it, most likely, where you would get your glucose tablets, glucose meters, testing strips, and things of that nature.
This is the back of the box where it gives you a quick definition of what, who, how, and why in regards to your A1c. As well as some very basic instructions on how to use this product.
Below are the contents of your Reli-On kit:
- The instructions on how to use and send your blood specimen.
- Hemoglobin A1c test authorization and collection form.
- Alcohol pad.
- Gauze pad.
- Adhesive bandage.
- Postage paid return envelope.
The instructions are very in depth and easy to follow. There are guided step by step directions.
These are the lancets by the way. Be warned that if it doesn’t click the first time and
stab poke you then it is not working properly and you will have to use the other one. Another warning: it hurts and left a bit of a bruise. Of course I might have sensitive fingertips.
Here’s what you really want to know. As far as this product is concerned I did like it. Very much! The accuracy is up to par with getting your A1c done at a doctors office. I’ve had both done recently. So I would highly recommend it. And since it is so cheap I’d suggest doing it yourself just to get a heads up before getting it done at your next appointment. Even if only to compare the results yourself.
What I didn’t like is how long it took to get the information. I figured it wouldn’t be as quick as getting it done at the office, I just didn’t think it would take as long as it did. On the sheet it gives you two options: 1. You can get your results mailed to you which could take up to a week. After they receive and review the material. Or 2. You can get the results emailed to you. It stated that this could take up to 24-48 hours after the initial receiving and testing part.
I opted for the email thinking that I would get it quicker this way. I was wrong. It took nearly two weeks before I heard anything. Of course I was very pleased with the results, a perfect 7.0% so that made up for the wait. Overall, that would be my only complaint though. If you don’t mind waiting a bit for your results then, again, I would highly recommend it. I’d also like to add that their customer service reps are phenomenal and answered all of my questions within a day of my emailing them. (Two weeks was just too much for this impatient little lady) They are just awesome though. I am a sucker for amazing customer service.
The Conclusion: (There was no ugly)
As in the movie, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly..? Okay, never mind.
If you are thinking you’d like to check your A1c before appointments, between them, or whenever, then I would suggest using this product. I’m actually an avid Reli-On products user, you can find them in your local Walmart. I personally use their glucose meter, the Prime, with such affordable test strips. I have found it to be fairly accurate in comparison to other meters. I also use their glucose tablets that come in some very delicious flavors. It’s all just really great stuff.
If you’ve used any of these products, or just the A1c at home testing kit, then let me know what you thought of it.
Good or bad.
And as I always say, Own it or be owned. :)