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Managing Diabetes with Diabetic Medical Supplies

Left untreated diabetes can cause life threatening complications such as cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and vision issues.

There is currently no cure for diabetes but by using proper management techniques built on medications, diet and exercise, and blood glucose monitoring you can see why diabetic medical supplies are so important.

A working and well maintained blood glucose monitor is one of the most important pieces of equipment for managing diabetes. With out one of these handy little devices it would be nearly impossible to manage the affects of diabetes. Depending on the type and severity of their disease the diabetic will check their blood glucose levels anywhere from 3 to 7 times a day.

Blood glucose meters can be bought at just about any pharmacy but a better way to get one is through an online diabetic medical supply company. Most of these companies will give you one for free when you sign up to use them as your testing supply provider. Because these meters cost between $70 to $100 this can be a significant savings to you. But without a consistent supply of test strips, lancets, and alcohol wipes a blood glucose monitor is of little use.

For the type 1 diabetic insulin is a vitally important part of their treatment routine. Being able to self administer their insulin on a daily basis is one of the most important aspect of diabetes management. There are different ways a diabetic can administer their insulin using everything from insulin syringes, pen and jet injectors, to an insulin pump/infuser that will need to have its needle replaced frequently. Learning to use this equipment will occur under the watchful eye of a Registered Nurse at the doctor's office but once that is done the diabetic is responsible for the maintenance and supply of all the supplies they need.

To keep these supplies on hand you used to have to make trips to your local pharmacy once or twice a month. In many cases you would also have to pay out of pocket and submit your receipt to the insurance company for reimbursement. This is no longer the case because there are a number of companies that will provide diabetic medical supplies through direct delivery to your front door.

A good diabetic supply company will also work as the intermediary between you, the customer, and the insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid. This means they will fill out and submit the required paper and work with the insurance providers to resolve any problems that may appear. They will also bill the insurance company and Medicare leaving you to pay only any co-pays or deductibles. In most instances you will not have to pay any shipping costs.

Once diagnosed with diabetes daily management of this disease is a must it to avoid the dangerous complications it causes and having a reliable source of diabetic medical supplies is an important part of diabetes management puzzle.

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