Save money on diabetic supplies by ordering everything you need online
Any time a person has a chronic illness it gets expensive. Diabetics must be vigilant about their health, which requires regular use of various medical supplies. Most individuals want and need to find ways to save money on diabetic supplies.
The Mayo Clinic explains diabetes necessities are covered under Medicare Part B for those 65 years of age or older as well as for younger people who have particular disabilities. However, if you are younger than 65 and do not have ‘particular’ disabilities you are not covered by Medicare. Hopefully, you have insurance but even then it can get costly.
If a person takes insulin and qualifies for Medicare, 100 test strips and lancets per month are paid for.
If the person does not take insulin, Medicare pays for 100 test strips and lancets every three months.
If a physician says certain supplies are ‘medically necessary,’ Medicare covers supplementary test strips and lancets.
Medicare covers items such as therapeutic shoe inserts or shoes or socks if the patient meets certain conditions as well as insulin and insulin pumps. Medicaid also covers items needed by diabetics.
For those covered by Medicare, make sure you are reaping the full benefits by ordering supplies from a medical equipment supplier or pharmacy enrolled in Medicare and accepting assignments. There are mail order suppliers enrolled in Medicare and this saves you even more money.
Individuals with this medical condition must regularly test blood glucose levels. This requires learning how to use a glucose monitor and understanding the importance of taking medication regularly and in the right amounts. Diet is also important.
When first diagnosed, a person may be overwhelmed because he doesn’t know what he is supposed to do, how he is supposed to control this condition and live with it. An educator guides the patients through the initial stages so he grasps the severity of this disease and what he must do to keep in under control.
Blood sugar is normally checked first thing in the morning before the person eats. It is recommended it also be checked before lunch, dinner and prior to going to bed. Some diabetics check their glucose level 60 minutes after eating. The test reveals critical changes in glucose levels.
Testing is done by pricking the fingertip and drawing blood. The prick is done on the fingertip because this area of the body reveals glucose changes quicker than if the sample were taken elsewhere.
The fingertip is pricked with a small, sharp needle called a lancing tool. A drop of blood is put on a test strip, which is placed in the glucose meter. The person reads the results shown on the meter.
The Mayo Clinic recommends purchasing test strips, a glucose meter, lancets (used to pierce the fingertip), urine test strips that measure for ketone levels for those with type 1 diabetes, an emergency alert bracelet and glucose tablets.
Glucose meters are portable, operated by batteries, which is convenient. Put the meter in your purse or briefcase so you always have quick and easy access to it.
Nerve damage can take place in the feet, leading to sensitivity and infections as well as temperature change. The arteries in the feet can harden and become blocked, which lessens circulation. This isn’t good.
Socks designed for the diabetic provide extra padding and are constructed of natural, breathable materials. Special shoes are designed to accommodate foot swelling, which some people with this condition experience.