(Volume VIII, Issue VIII)
Why Does It Cost So Much To Be A Diabetic?
Even if you have a great insurance plan and you adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program, to be a diabetic is very expensive. Until your blood glucose (A1c) is fully under control (according to your physician), most diabetes professionals recommend the following protocol:
- See your physician four times a year
Lab tests four times a year
Eyes tested by opthamologist once a year
Testing before and after eating
Besides the copays or costs for the above, the following expenses occur:
Oral medications for diabetes - sometimes more than one medication
Insulin and paraphenalia
And often times diabetics have complications or other diseases, like high cholesterol and hypertension, which calls for additional medications and treatment.
No wonder having diabetes costs so much! Copays add up, deductibles cost, supplies are expensive and it is not getting any better. And if we don't have a good health care plan? Do we skip a few steps? Not taking care of your diabetes will be more expensive in the long-run with complications and more diseases. Self-Management is more important than ever, but we must not skip important steps.
The good news is once your blood glucose (A1c) is under control, you may be able to save some money, but DO NOT DO ANYTHING WITHOUT YOUR DOCTOR'S APPROVAL:
Cut back on your office visits and lab tests
Cut back on the number of times you test per day (you still need to test!)
If you lose weight and you get into better shape, your meds may decrease
The new health care reform bills do not address the cost of health care. The cost of not covering diabetics will be more of a burden to the economy by having sicker people. Taking care of people from the beginning with preventive care and education is the best way for the future, but we have to address the now, too.
Know Your Fruits and Veggies
™: Brussels Sprouts - Do you hate veggies that are good for you, like Brussels Sprouts? Learn more about them and how to prepare them right!
Being a diabetic is expensive, but we must take care of ourselves. Self-Management is most important, they can ward off complications. But you can't skip the other steps. Proper medical oversight and adherence is crucial for a successful diabetes program.
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Latest News - Self Management - You Are In Control!
Give sponges new life by soaking them in cold saltwater after they are washed. ~ The Salt Institute
October 2009Pumpkin, Potato and Leek SoupBraised Chicken and ApplesGhosts in the GraveyardPopcorn DragonIced Pumpkin CookiesGrave Yard DessertWitches' Brew with Spiders and Eyeballs
Halloween Time! Great fun, tasty and nutritious recipes. All include Nutrition Content.
New! Pet Diabetes: Cats and Dogs
Diabetes mellitus strikes 1 in 400 cats and a similar number of dogs. Symptoms in dogs and cats are similar to those in humans. Cats and dogs will generally show a gradual onset of the disease over a few weeks, and it may escape notice for a while. More
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Special Commentary From Our Executive Director
Andrew P. Mandell
Health Care Reform and What We Can Do For Ourselves
It is becoming more and more apparent that our national health care system is collapsing all around us. Greed and corruption is running rampant in all segments of our society and, in spite of all our protests to correct the problems, the powers that be seem to be turning a deaf ear to our demands and needs.
As diabetics we live with a chronic health condition. We cannot afford to wait for our ôleadersö to come up with a solution that may never come! So, we must TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH!!! More
Defeat Diabetes Foundation Wants YOU!
We are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas: Community Speaker, Diabetic Media Spokesman, Book Reviewer. More Info
Know Your Fruits and Veggies™: Brussels Sprouts
By Dawn Swidorski, Public Outreach Director
Now, I must admit that until recently, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Brussels sprout. Although, I was aware of the kind of cute little “cabbagey” looking veggie – my experiences with them were not happy ones. Too often the preparation resulted in Brussels sprouts that were tough, chewy, stringy and to my dismay were mushy or undercooked to the point of bitterness. More
Mr. Diabetes® Says
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. ~ Joseph Campbell
By Clarence Haynes
Make a Friend Out of Your Diabetes
One of my AMIGO WORDS OF WISDOM is, 'As well as you can, make a friend out of your diabetes, it will help you to live longer and have a healthier, than non-diabetics, simply because you excercise CONTROL over your life's habits and diet. You are in CONTROL, not DIABETES.' More
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Shirley's Vegetable Garden™
By Shirley Barriger
October 2009Keep ‘Em Moving! In Other Words, Crop Rotation
That is the practice of shifting locations of crops within the garden each season so the same crop does not grow in the same place year after year. This method helps manage soil fertility and helps avoid or reduce problems with soilborne diseases and some soil dwelling insects. More
Diabetes is a costly disease. Yet the cost of ignoring your diabetes treatment is even higher. There are programs to help you with prescriptions, testing supplies and if you have no insurance. More information
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