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Your checklist of 10 important diabetic supplies

Winning the war against diabetes requires a diverse array of weapons, weapons you have to call upon every single day. If you are newly diagnosed, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of diabetes supplies on the market.

Must have diabetic supplies

For most people, these five items traditionally fall on the 'must have' list of diabetic supplies.

  1. Glucose monitor
  2. Test strips
  3. Lancets
  4. Prescription medications
  5. Glucose tablets or gels

Here are five additional products you might find helpful.

  1. Sharps container
  2. Blood pressure monitor
  3. Weight scale
  4. Ketone strips
  5. Therapeutic shoes

10 diabetes supplies that matter

Are you wondering why these diabetes supplies matter so much? Here's a quick rundown.

  1. Glucose monitor. This is absolutely necessary for checking your blood sugar on a regular basis. Frequent checking can help you keep your blood sugar results within normal range.
  2. Test strips. These work with your glucose monitor to give the results. Since test strips can be quite expensive, it pays to shop around for the most affordable ones.
  3. Lancets. These work with your lancing device to obtain a blood sample. If pricking your fingertip for the sample causes pain, look for the thinnest lancets.
  4. Insulin/prescription medications. You might be prescribed oral or injectable medications to help control your diabetes. It is important to take these medications exactly as directed.
  5. Glucose tablets or gels. Having a source of fast-acting sugar on hand can help you treat episodes of low blood sugar. You might never need the sugar source, but having them on hand is crucial, just in case.
  6. Sharps container. You will need a safe place to dispose of your used lancets. If you are taking insulin or other injectable meds, you will need a place to dispose of insulin pen needles or syringes.
  7. Blood pressure monitor. Diabetes and high blood pressure often go hand-in-hand. If your blood pressure is higher than normal, your doctor might want you to test it at home, between office visits.
  8. Weight scale. One of the first prescriptions for diabetes control is diet and exercise. Stay inspired and stay on track by watching your weight loss on the scale.
  9. Ketone strips. Your doctor might want to test your ketone levels from time to time. Some blood glucose strips test ketones as well as blood sugar levels, or you can choose ketone strips that test a sample of urine.
  10. Proper shoes. Foot problems are a very common issue for those with diabetes. Wearing proper shoes can help prevent these foot problems, and that can help you walk away from diabetes complications.

This list of diabetes supplies is a good start. Speak with your doctor about which ones are right for you -- your physician might have other supplies to add to the list.

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About Shannon Lee

Shannon Dauphin began writing about diabetes long before she was diagnosed in 1998. A professional writer with nearly two decades of experience, Shannon has covered topics from medical and health to relationships and is the author of several published novels.

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