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Diabetic products I can't live without

We've all seen the usual diabetic products. Who doesn't have a glucose meter and a vial of test strips? Some of us have insulin in the fridge and pump supplies in the bathroom. Others might have a long list of medications dutifully sorted in the medicine cabinet or carb-counter cheat sheets hanging on the fridge.

But then there are the products that simply evolve into your diabetes routine, often by necessity. These products can mean the difference between taking care of your diabetes and being overwhelmed by it.

4 diabetic products I carry every day

My diabetes arsenal is not complete without these things:

  1. A tiny pill bottle. When I need to test my blood sugar away from home, what happens to all those used test strips? They used to wind up at the bottom of my wallet. Now they go into a convenient little pill bottle with a screw-on lid. The pill bottle clips to the zipper of my little tote bag. No more rogue test strips!
  2. A colorful tote. Speaking of that tote, it's big enough to hold all the things I might need for a day on the go -- my glucose meter and assorted accessories, insulin pens, a small logbook and pen to write down anything notable and a tiny pack of Lifesavers. I never go anywhere without it.
  3. Lifesavers. These little classic candies might not be glucose tablets, but they do an even better job for my low blood sugar moments. I like that they can be tucked away almost anywhere, and when people see me eating them, they likely don't think I'm diabetic -- they think I'm just enjoying a little piece of candy. A Lifesaver for me (literally!) and no worries for them.
  4. My Blackberry. More than phone or email, this little device allows me to speak into the voice recorder with a few quick motions of the trackball. I can record anything about my day, including the amount of insulin I just took and the latest blood sugar reading.

As time goes on, I'm sure my list of diabetes products may evolve even more. Anything that makes life with diabetes easier is worth a shot.

About Shannon Lee

Shannon Dauphin has lived with diabetes for more than a dozen years. When she's not playing ninja with lancets or counting carbs, she can be found traveling across the country with laptop in hand, writing about anything that strikes her fancy.

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