Diabetic Medical Supplies

For many people, diabetic medical supplies are a way of life. Anyone who has diabetes or lives with someone who has this condition knows how important it is to keep the necessary medical supplies near at hand. A person with diabetes often needs to keep close track of his sugar levels by monitoring the amount of glucose in his blood. In order to do this, the individual needs a glucose meter, test strips, and lancets. Someone who has just been diagnosed with diabetes may be so overwhelmed by the news that the periodic testing process can be difficult and even frightening. Compassionate nursing professionals and loving family support can help the individual get through this difficult time. In time and with practice, the diabetic will be performing the tests as routinely as brushing his teeth. Even so, it's a difficult diagnosis to hear and to live with, especially those with severe conditions. The costs of the diabetic medical supplies can sometimes cause a strain on family finances, too, which adds another source of stress. Insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare may assist with the financial burden. In fact, a person who is eligible for Medicare may get all the necessary supplies at no cost.

A person with diabetes will need a glucose meter along with a steady supply of test strips and lancets. A glucose meter is often quite inexpensive. However, it should be replaced every year or so to take advantage of improvements in research and design. Test strips can be costly. It may seem strange that a little piece of thin plastic could cost so much. Actually, the cost of manufacturing the strips isn't expensive. But the consumer is paying for more than the manufacture of the strips; she also is paying for all the research, development, and testing that goes before the manufacturing process. Research and development (commonly referred to as R&D) of diabetic medical supplies is almost always an expensive undertaking. Testing also can e quite costly. The price of the test strips reflects the R&D and the testing costs. The diabetic also needs to use lancets. These tiny needles prick the finger so that a drop of blood can either be placed or drawn into the testing strip. The glucose meter is then used to read the glucose level in that drop of blood. With this information, the diabetic knows if her sugar level is too high, too low, or just right. If it's too high or too low, she can take appropriate measures to adjust the glucose level.

Thanks to the technological advances of the internet, there are many companies that sell diabetic medical supplies online. This makes it very convenient for the diabetic to order the needed strips and lancets. Additionally, these companies often provide other needed items, such as special socks and therapeutic shoes. While it may be difficult to choose one company from the many that are available, the diabetic can review several of the more popular websites before making a decision. A website that is easy to navigate and contains a lot of helpful information presents a positive image while a website that is clunky, takes a long time to load, or plays hide-and-go-seek with important information such as the return policy presents a negative image. The "positive" company still needs to be further evaluated, but there is no need to waste one's time with a company that can't be upfront with important customer service information or that makes it difficult to place orders. The diabetic may also want to talk to her pharmacist or perhaps people in a diabetic support group about recommendations. There is enough competition between companies that sell diabetic medical supplies that the diabetic should be able to find one that provides good service at a fair and reasonable price. King Solomon once wrote: "For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions" (Proverbs 8:11-12).

In evaluating companies, individuals should pay attention to a variety of issues. For example, the categories for product information should be clear and easily accessible. Someone looking for test strips doesn't want to wade through a long listing of other supplies to find the right item. Product descriptions should be concise and accurate. Some diabetics need diabetic medical supplies such as insulin pumps, tubes, and needles. The pump keeps a continuous amount of insulin flowing through the tubing into the individual's abdominal skin. Whether a person is able to control his condition through periodic testing or requires a pump, he most definitely wants to purchase supplies through a company that has a reputation for reliability and professionalism. Not only is it important for orders to be filled quickly, but individuals need to know that items such as needles, tubes, and test strips are sterile and hygienic.

People who have Medicare can often get their diabetic medical supplies at no cost. But filling out the forms can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Some companies provide assistance with these forms for their customers. These companies may also assist their customers in completing insurance forms. This can be a huge benefit to customers. Another factor to consider when evaluating different online companies is the privacy and security that is provided. Potential customers will want to be sure that the online company will not sell their personal information to other marketers. Even customers' email addresses should not be sold to third parties. Credit card information must be kept secure. By considering these factors, individuals should be able to find reputable online companies that sell diabetic medical supplies. If the company also provides relevant information on diabetes treatment, such as nutrition, this is an added bonus.

Diabetes Medications

Diabetes medications provide benefits to individuals that have been diagnosed with diabetes. Some medications help to reduce blood glucose levels in individuals with Type II. A diagnosis of Type II diabetes in individuals can usually be controlled with diet, exercise, and medication. People with Type I usually require insulin injections along with diet and exercise. Diabetes medicines help to control blood sugar through various ways but the main objective is to keep blood glucose levels within an acceptable range.

There are many different ways that diabetes medications help the body with processing and producing insulin. Some prescriptions on the market actually stimulate the pancreas to make more insulin. There are some diabetes medicines that decrease the amount of glucose produced by the liver and some help in the absorption of starches that are digested. Some physicians may prescribe a combination of different prescriptions to help lower blood glucose levels.

Type I diabetes is often diagnosed before the age of 30 and people suffering from it usually produce no insulin. Inhaled insulin in the future may replace the standard injection for individuals needing insulin therapy. Recent studies show that past concerns on prescribing inhaled insulin have become nonexistent and there is a possibility that it could become marketable very soon. There are added benefits to using inhaled insulin over injected. Look for more about this new therapy in upcoming medical journals.

The importance of proper diet cannot be overemphasized with individuals suffering with high glucose levels in the blood. Sometimes just losing weight can eliminate high glucose levels because the body is better able to metabolize the insulin produced by the pancreas. Being overweight can cause many health problems but diabetes is one of the major concerns with obesity. Sometimes diet isn't enough so diabetes medications are prescribed progressively as needed. Nutrients from foods that affect blood glucose levels encompass fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Fats and proteins are digested slower by the body affecting blood sugar slowly. However, carbohydrates are digested quickly and can affect blood sugar very fast. Diabetics need to be careful about eating starches and sugars because of the rapid effect on blood glucose levels.

Exercise helps to manage blood sugar levels by helping the body to respond to the insulin more effectively. Regular exercise provides many health benefits and should be seriously considered by individuals with serious health concerns. It can improve circulation, reduce cholesterol, high blood pressure and reduce stress. Oftentimes diabetes medicines do not have to be prescribed for individuals who are faithful to maintain a physical exercise program. Talk to a physician before beginning a program and get some advice on where to begin.

Alternative therapies are available and are recommended for patients suffering with diabetes. Some of the popular alternate therapies include relaxation therapy, prayer, meditation, massage, and megavitamin therapy. Acupuncture is a growing therapy that seems to offer some relief in individuals suffering from nerve damage brought about by the disease. Key herbs and minerals that are recommended include chromium, magnesium, and vanadium. Prayer and attending church services will certainly help in dealing with the disease. "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (3 John 1:2).

When trying to find alternative therapy to treat blood glucose problems do some research first and stay away from unproven therapies. Talking to one's physician before starting any new treatment is a wise decision. The person looking for help with this disease needs to be aware that there are bogus treatments out there that could affect one's health derogatorily. It is best not to experiment with something that is advertised as a miracle treatment or a cure. Some treatments could have adverse reactions to the diabetes medications one is taking. Even some herbal remedies need to be discussed with one's physician before taking them.

Some symptoms to watch out for if blood glucose levels are suspect include excessive thirst, dry mouth, urinating frequently, weight loss, feeling tired all the time, blurry vision, slow healing sores, and leg pain. Risks may be higher for the disease if it runs in the family or if one is overweight. Women who develop blood sugar problems during pregnancy may be at risks later in life to develop Type II diabetes. A fasting glucose test should help determine if one has the disease. In order to get an accurate reading on this test one must fast for 8 hours before the test is administered. A level of 126 mg/dl or higher is an indication that there is a problem with glucose levels.

Without the proper amount of insulin the body cannot get the benefits from food that is needed. Without the activity of insulin, glucose builds up in the blood stream and passes out of the body through the urine. Prolonged high glucose levels can eventually lead to heart and blood vessel disease, stroke, kidney failure and nerve damage. If a patient's glucose levels get extremely high, coma and death could result. While diabetes medicines won't cure the disease they can assist the body with the assimilation of insulin. After being diagnosed with the disease make the appropriate lifestyle changes, for sometimes just healthy lifestyle changes can make a difference.

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