The best diabetes supplies fit YOUR lifestyle
Diabetic supplies on the "must-have" list
- Glucose meter
- Lancing device and lancets
- Plenty of test strips
- Insulin and a way to take it (syringes, pump, etc.)
- Other medications prescribed by your doctor
- Your doctor might also put these on the list: alcohol swabs, glucose tablets and gels, ketone strips and glucagon
Three ways to check if you have the right diabetic supplies
Whether you are choosing a new brand of lancets or moving up to the latest and greatest insulin pump, look for supplies that fit in well with your day-to-day life. Consider these questions:
- What does your insurance cover? In some cases, insurance covers a great deal of your costs as long as you stick to certain brands. Figure out what your insurance covers, then look at the co-pays. If your co-pays are high, it might pay to go with cheaper supplies.
- Can you get a trial run? Ask your doctor if you can take advantage of free supplies or trial runs for high-dollar items, such as insulin pumps. It should take only a few weeks before you know whether the item will fit seamlessly into your diabetes management plan.
- Will you actually use it? Though that fancy new meter might be tempting, will you really use all those bells and whistles? If not, that new gadget might gather dust on a forgotten shelf.
Finally, always take your time in learning about your new supplies and figuring out what works best for you. That new meter might be all the rage, but your old meter might be more comfortable for you. In the end, what fits into your life matters more than what is fresh and new on the market.
Interview with William Sisca, F.A.C.T. Foundation for Diabetes