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can i buy a kit from the pharmacy to check if i have diabetes or are lab tests more reliable

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Asked by kate320 at 1:14 AM on Jun. 15, 2011 in Health

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  • Diabetes is a very serious illness that requires professional care. If you think you may have it, talk to a doctor and get a proper blood test for your glucose level.

    Answer by GrammytoTrin at 1:16 AM on Jun. 15, 2011

  • I'm afraid their isn't a kit you can buy in a pharmacy to test to see if you have diabetes but they do sell test strips, monitors etc. if the Dr. says you do have it. My advise if you test positive, have your Dr. write you a prescription for the strips, they are expensive and insurance will cut the cost way down.

    Answer by Kathy675 at 1:22 AM on Jun. 15, 2011

  • I am in agreement with the others, if you think you (or a loved one) may have diabetes, then you need to go see a doctor. Talk to the doctor about whatever symptoms you have, and ask if they think it could be diabetes. They can run bloodwork and test to see what your blood sugar levels are, if they are high, boarderline or 'normal'. If you do have diabetes then you must follow the doctors advice, meet with a nutritionist to find out about how to control the diabetes via food/carbs, and you will get a meter to test your blood sugar levels with. It is important to eat at regular intervals, eat on time, eat healthy, nutritious choices and to watch your carbs.

    Answer by MizLee at 1:39 AM on Jun. 15, 2011

  • You can buy an A1C test kit at any pharmacy. It is just as accurate as the lab. It cost about $30.00 and comes with 2 tests.

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 6:12 AM on Jun. 15, 2011

  • A fasting blood glucose (you could use the test strips) greater than 126 is diagnostic for diabetes.

    Hemoglobin A1c tests glucose control over long period of time. (better for monitoring diabetics)

    Answer by Toadstoolmama at 12:07 AM on Jun. 23, 2011

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