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Diabetic Medical Supplies are a Necessity Anyone with Diabetes

by: Andrew Bicknell

Diabetes is a disease that affects all ages, races, and cultural groups of people and left undiagnosed and untreated can lead to a wide range of life threatening complications that can include heart disease, kidney failure, nerve damage, and vision problems. Unfortunately there is no cure for diabetes, but the disease can be managed and the impetus of treatment falls on the diabetic to make the necessary lifestyle changes that include diet and exercise as well as keeping the necessary diabetic medical supplies on hand.

One of the most important parts of any diabetics testing supplies is the blood glucose monitor. Without the ability to self monitor blood glucose levels during the day it would be almost impossible to manage this disease. Most diabetics test their blood sugar levels from 3 to 7 times a day making restocking their supplies a very important part of their disease management.

Once the diabetic has obtained a glucose monitor by buying one or getting one of the many free glucose monitors offered on the internet they will need to keep a supply of test strips, lancets for finger pricks, and alcohol wipes at all times. They will also be responsible for maintaining their monitor and making sure it is kept in good operating order. Faulty or damaged equipment can give false readings which can be quite dangerous, even life threatening.

Another vital component in the diabetes treatment regimen is insulin. Without the ability to self administer insulin all type 1 diabetics would be unable to manage their disease. The initial training of giving a self injection of insulin will be done at the doctor's office, usually under the supervision of a registered nurse. But since insulin is a lifetime need the diabetic will be responsible for making sure they have all the necessary items for this task. Depending on which type of injection method one chooses the following supplies will be needed: insulin syringes for self injections, pen and jet injectors, or an insulin pump/infuser setup that will require frequent needle changes.

Many of the companies that provide diabetic medical supplies will work as an intermediary between the insurance company and the diabetic filling out all the necessary paper work needed to keep the out of pocket expenses to a minimum and in some cases nothing. Another nice feature of using a medical supply company is the automated shipments of the needed supplies each month. Once the billing with the insurance company is set up the diabetic will receive their needed supplies delivered directly to their door every month.

For people with diabetes there is nothing more important for the management of their disease then the diabetic medical supplies they use on a daily basis. Starting from the time of diagnosis these supplies will be their lifeline to the proper management needed to combat the many complications this disease brings. With proper management and a good health care team diabetics can have a long and bright future.

Visit the website Diabetic Diet Plan for more information about buying diabetic medical supplies on the internet.

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