Are diastix (bayer) urinalysis strips acurate in diagnosing diabetes?

NO. Diabetes is diagnosed when fasting blood sugar is over 125. Diastix detect sugar in the urine which occurs only when the blood sugar is over 180, so it would miss a lot of cases. Also, if someone has eaten a lot of sweets or other carbs, their blood sugar might go over 180 for a brief time, but return to normal quickly, so they aren't diabetic, but diastix would show sugar in the urine.

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Is there an alternative to urinalysis strip diastix of bayer (aspirin)?

Blood glucose tests. Diastix measure glucose in urine. This is a very inaccurate picture of what is going on in the blood stream, as the urine being tested may have been produced hours ago. Self blood glucose monitoring, using a small blood specimen, is much more accurate. It is the standard followed by most diabetic patients. Read more...