Following a recent report into self-diagnosis kits by consumer organisation Which?, Diabetes UK is recommending that people should see their GP for an accurate test if they are worried they have diabetes instead of using a self-diagnosis kit.
“We would not recommend people to use a self-diagnosing kit if they are worried they have diabetes," said Libby Dowling, Diabetes UK Clinical Advisor.
“Self-diagnosis results might not be accurate, as blood glucose levels vary in all individuals during any given day and people might be falsely reassured.
"In addition, a positive diagnosis can only increase anxiety if someone does not have access to information and advice provided by a trained healthcare professional at hand.”
Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes
The main risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes are being over 40 years old, or over 25 years old if you’re Black or South Asian, being overweight and having a close family member with the condition.
Anyone who is worried about developing Type 2 diabetes can take ouronline Risk Score testto find out their level of risk before visiting their GP for a proper test.