Diabetes is often a lifelong disease. Not only are there medical issues to deal with, as well as emotional issues, there are often financial considerations as well. It costs money to get supplies for daily testing, as well as other things diabetics need from time to time. If you have diabetes, here are some ways you can save a bit of money while you are dealing with this disease.
Talk to your doctor. Your doctor may have treatment goals for you that include certain blood glucose levels or certain blood pressure measurements. These goals may affect how many supplies you need as well as what tests you need to pay for. Understand what your doctor is doing by simply asking. You do not have to do everything your doctor recommends; but you can know what he is thinking.
Your doctor can also help you figure out whether you need to test your blood as often as you do. Those testing strips cost money, and you may be able to stop testing before and after meals and just test afterwards, for example. Talk to your doctor about the minimum you need to do so that you can use the minimum money to get these things done. Your doctor may also have free glucose monitors and other supplies he can share.
Get the generic version of your medication. Often, the higher price for non-generic medication is that those companies have huge marketing departments. You are not always going to need the brand name of the same product, especially if it’s something that you need to use everyday to save your life. Save the money if you can.
Ask your pharmacy or a drug company about whether you are eligible for discounts. Different stores, such as Wal-Mart, have already low prices, but you may be able to get a better deal going directly to the source.
Start clipping coupons. As a diabetic, you are going to have to change what you eat. You might be in for a shock, as healthier food often costs more than “bad” food. Take the time to start looking for deals on healthy foods to bring those costs down. Learn the best days to do your food shopping so that you’ll get the best deals. Take the circular home and look through it.
Think about the ways in which the money is well spent. This is a smart idea, because you won’t feel so badly about spending money. If you spend a lot of money on testing your blood, some doctors feel that you are in fact saving yourself from a brittle diabetes where your blood sugars are simply out of control.
After reading this article, you should have a better understanding of how you can start saving money today on everything that has to do with diabetes. Saving money is always a good feeling, and when you’re talking about money for your health, it’s important that every cent be spent wisely on your diabetes so you can be healthy.