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How To Tell If You Have Prediabetes

Kali Nine LLC via Getty Images Dear Savvy Senior, My 62-year-old sister was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was surprised when the doctor told her that she’s probably had it or prediabetes for many years. My question is what determines prediabetes and how can you know if you have it? —Surprised Senior Dear Surprised, Underlying today’s growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes is a much larger epidemic called prediabetes, which is when the blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. The National Institutes of Health estimates that as many as 79 million Americans today have prediabetes. Left untreated, it almost always turns into type 2 diabetes within 10 years. And, if you have prediabetes, the long-term damage it can cause — especially to your heart and circulatory system — may already be starting. But the good news is that prediabetes doesn’t mean that you’re destined for full-blown diabetes. Prediabetes can actually be reversed, and diabetes prevented, by making some simple lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercising, eating a healthy diet and cutting back on carbohydrates. Or, if you need more help, oral medicati Continue reading >>

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  1. lh378

    Has anyone had any experience with A1C kits, such as the one below?
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    Walgreens At-Home A1C Test Kit | Walgreens
    Walgreens At-Home A1C Test Kit at Walgreens. Get free shipping at $35 and view promotions and reviews for Walgreens At-Home A1C Test Kit

  2. Sam

    Yes I’ve used these (this same exact kit appears under quite a few different brand name and generic) and the older walmart model which required you to soak a couple patches on a card with blood then mail them into a lab…
    The a1cNow style like you show here are reasonably easy to use… the patch card ones (which I believe no longer exist) were quite difficult.
    I wouldn’t have a ton of confidence of the precision accuracy of any of the above… I think generally they’d be most useful for people trying to figure out if they have an elevated A1C or if their A1C has significantly changed… not for someone analyzing the difference between a 5.8 and 6.0.

    I wouldnt pay $40 for one. I believe they’re substantially cheaper at Walmart.

  3. Eric

    lh378:
    Has anyone had any experience with A1C kits, such as the one below?

    I use them all the time. They have always been very close to the lab results, usually within 0.1 or closer.

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