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Hyperglycemia In Diabetes

Print Overview High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) affects people who have diabetes. Several factors can contribute to hyperglycemia in people with diabetes, including food and physical activity choices, illness, nondiabetes medications, or skipping or not taking enough glucose-lowering medication. It's important to treat hyperglycemia, because if left untreated, hyperglycemia can become severe and lead to serious complications requiring emergency care, such as a diabetic coma. In the long term, persistent hyperglycemia, even if not severe, can lead to complications affecting your eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart. Symptoms Hyperglycemia doesn't cause symptoms until glucose values are significantly elevated — above 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or 11 millimoles per liter (mmol/L). Symptoms of hyperglycemia develop slowly over several days or weeks. The longer blood sugar levels stay high, the more serious the symptoms become. However, some people who've had type 2 diabetes for a long time may not show any symptoms despite elevated blood sugars. Early signs and symptoms Recognizing early symptoms of hyperglycemia can help you treat the condition promptly. Watch for: Frequent ur Continue reading >>

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  1. DaveManCan

    Is there an A1C test kit where you get the results at home in minutes instead of having to send off your blood to be tested?

  2. maryd98

    DaveManCan:
    Is there an A1C test kit where you get the results at home in minutes instead of having to send off your blood to be tested?
    Yes, there used to be one by Bayer, but it (the product/kit) was bought out by someone and now it's available but I'm not sure who makes it.
    It used to cost about $30 and the kit included two tests. It was almost the same as using a BG meter, in terms of how you use it. Results showed up in about 5 minutes. Once I did it on the same day I had an A1c done at a doctor's lab and the difference was only about .2 between the two tests, so I felt that was pretty reliable. However, I would not completely give up lab tests.
    And remember that the A1c really only measures the past 3 months or so, so if the idea is to have the A1c done more often, I'd say it's not worth it. If it's to have it done at the lab once or twice a year and at home once or twice a year, then....why not? Esp if your BG readings are stable....
    Here's info about some store brands:
    http://www.cvs.com/shop/home-health-care/diabetes-care/diabetes-monitors/cvs-a1c-at-home-test-kit-prodid-496010
    https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/walgreens-at-home-a1c-test-kit/ID=prod6248361-product

  3. dale92

    Hi Dave
    I use the Walgreens A1c kit in-between doctor visits. I tested the same day 6 months ago and my doctor's lab said my A1c was 6.0 and the Walgreens kit said 5.6 not too much difference. I also found online that a certified lab ( not sure if it was government certified) A1c test can be off by .5% so if you get a 5.5 A1c if that same lab retested the same sample it could be down as low as 5% and all the way up to 6%. The Walgreens kit was $43 if I remember correctly for 2 tests and I think this kit is sold to several different vendors like Walgreens. I bet this is the same kit Mary mentioned sold by Bayer.

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