Insulin and other diabetes medications and supplies can be costly. Here in the US, insurance status and age (as in Medicare eligibility) can impact both the cost and coverage. So today, let’s discuss how cost impacts our diabetes care. Do you have advice to share? For those outside the US, is cost a concern? Are there other factors such as accessibility or education that cause barriers to your diabetes care?
The cost of diabetes care is so much more than just insulin, needles and other supplies. So many people are
ignorant misinformed to a person with diabetes uses for their care.
To keep a person with diabetes alive, one must also be able to afford food. Not just for meals, but also for treating low blood sugars. Without fast acting carbohydrates to help bring a low blood sugar up, a person with diabetes would die. We always have a stash of juice boxes, fruit snacks, glucose tabs, or some sort of fast acting carbohydrate. We make sure that my daughter has some in her backpack, in her care bag, in the nurses office, and even in some of her class rooms.
Many people with diabetes develop other health issues and auto immune diseases. A few examples are Hashimotos and Celiac. Depression and anxiety. Eating disorders. Taking more medications is never fun. Being diagnosed with yet another problem can be devastating. We have learned that having someone to talk to is important when you have so much going on in your life. It’s okay to seek guidance.
A person with diabetes sees their doctor, for their diabetes, every 3 months. That doesn’t count the times they see the doctor for being sick, regular well checks, etc. A person with diabetes is more likely to get sick because of having a compromised immune system. So they are more likely to see the doctor for illnesses.
When a person thinks of the cost of diabetes care, one doesn’t think about all the extras.