Hi I have been checking this blood work diabetes hba1c since 2016 and it was normal. But last month it was elevated to 6.5% mine was 5.4 last year. I have some other health issue for which I am taking medicines which has side effects of weight gain. I have increased lots of weight on the past few months because of the pills. I tested blood work recently and diabetes value was high and it's in the diabetes range( not prediabetic). But my Dr don't want to put me on the diabetic pills and wanted me to try diet changes/ exercise and see if it helps before starting the pill. I am going for walk for about 45mins a day and started to reduce my carb intake. I am still worried if it takes a while to see changes in the blood work. Can we test diabetic kit at home? Are they reliable like the real blood work at Dr office? I am worried if this blood value is very high and cause more health issues? I do trust Dr opinion to wait to go to the medications route until I try the diet and exercise first. Any thoughts anyone. Anyone with this diabetic range was able to reduce to normal level?