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Are there home diagnosis test kits? I can't just go running to a doctor and burning money if I can help it.
 

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Hello pezibc, and welcome. There are glucose meters and strips available at drug stores and other markets like Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, etc., (if you're in the States - I don't know about other areas). With these meters you can test your blood sugar levels at home and keep a log of your readings. But a doctor is going to have to order the other diagnostic tests which would prove or disprove diabetes. And if a diagnosis of diabetes is confirmed, you would need a doctor to prescribe any meds you may need.

If you have reason to believe you are developing diabetes, your safest course of action is to see a doctor or visit a clinic, explain your situation and get all the help you can get. If you are uninsured, there may be assistance programs available to help you with expenses.

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Are there home diagnosis test kits? I can't just go running to a doctor and burning money if I can help it.
I am not sure what type of test you mean, I will share with you what I know. There are glucose meters which will tell you what your blood sugar is at the time you test. You can buy a cheap meter and test strips at Walmart or go online and I will recommend a good internet site to buy from. Diabetic Supplies Online | Diabetes Testing Supplies & Products | American Diabetes Wholesale. You also purchase A1C home test kits in a couple of different ways. One kit made by Bayer called "A1CNow+" is a kit that you do at home, a kit of 2 tests and a meter that only can be used with that particular kit can be purchased at Walgreen's for about $30. You have to do this test exactly as directed and then there are no guarantees that the test will be in range and you will get an out of range error message, thus wasting a test. I have used this kit and it is my personal opinion that the results are not accurate. My A1C tests 1.6 points lower than a doctor's office lab which will not give you the information that I think you are looking for. Walmart & Walgreen's and there maybe other retail stores who sell a test kit that you do at home but must mail in the sample to get your results. I have not used this kit so I can't recommend them. The kit sells anywhere from $10 to $25 per test. You can also purchase kits over the internet, one site I know about is called FlexSite. Just visit the website for more information. The cost for a kit is approximately $25. I hope that this info helps.
 
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