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05 May

Insulin testing in South Africa
Hi. I had an Insulin-S test done at Lancet in March. Discovery Med. Aid rejected my claim on the basis that "...medical proof does not support its effectiveness and long-term outcome" What alternative tests are there? Can an admin scheme make such a call? It seems outrageous to say a lab is testing incorrectly. The Discovery person who phoned me said their Board is "considering the test" as it's "inconclusive" right now. Do you agree? Where else can I be 'properly' tested for insulin problems? Happy to discuss this further, as I'm (a) worried and (b) stunned at the arrogance of Discovery, unless they ARE onto something. Regards, Ms. Cleo Ehlers. Randburg. 082 964 6779
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Diabetes expert

09 May

Hi

Discovery is correct. There is no benefit to doing an insulin test in someone who is otherwise fine, as it provides no diagnostic advantages. Endocrinologists sometimes measure insulin, but this is normally with regard to inappropriately low glucose levels
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