January 12, 2020: How can I save money on my food?

One of the keys to saving money while maximizing nutrition is to plan meals well in advance.

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January 11, 2020: Can generic drugs help me save money?

Quite possibly. Generic drugs are almost identical to brand-name preparations, but they can cost significantly less. Ask your doctor if a generic version of your diabetes drugs is available and acceptable.

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January 10, 2020: How should I go about getting the best price on my medicines?

When shopping around for a deal on drug prices, consider all the medicines you take. Pick the source with the lowest overall cost for your total drug needs.

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January 9, 2020: How long can I use a bottle of insulin?

Manufacturer recommendations vary, but generally, opened bottles of insulin kept in either the refrigerator or at room temperature should be discarded after one month. Store unrefrigerated insulin below 86ºF away from heat and light and follow the manufacturer’s storage recommendations to avoid spoilage and waste.

Learn more about insulin here.

January 8, 2020: I spend a lot of money on alcohol wipes each year. What can I do?

Packaged alcohol wipes aren’t absolutely necessary. You can save money by using cotton balls and alcohol or by washing your hands with soap and water before each stick.

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January 7, 2020: How can I get discounts on my supplies?

Look for a supplier that offers a frequent-buyer program with discounts and check for discount coupons in the packaging of your diabetes supplies.

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January 6, 2020: I sometimes forget to reorder my supplies and end up running out. How can I prevent this from happening again?

Many insurance companies require personal initiation of each mail-order shipment, as opposed to automatically shipping supplies on a predetermined schedule. If you tend to forget to reorder supplies before you run out, therefore, it’s probably best to stick with local suppliers.

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January 5, 2020: Where can I get the best bargain on my diabetes supplies?

Ordering supplies by mail (on the Internet or by phone) is often the most cost-effective way to buy them.

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January 4, 2020: What special precautions should I take when reusing a syringe?

If you are going to reuse a syringe, recap the needle after each use, and don’t use alcohol on it, as this can damage its protective coating.

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January 3, 2020: Is it OK to reuse syringes?

One syringe can be used multiple times throughout a day, unless you have a history of infections or are ill or immune-compromised. Check with your doctor before you do this.

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January 2, 2020: Can I reuse lancets?

With good hygiene, it is usually acceptable to use the same lancet throughout a 24-hour period (but check with your doctor first). Remember, though, never to share your lancets with another person.

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January 1, 2020: Is there any way I can save money on my diabetes supplies?

Yes — buying your supplies in bulk can save a significant amount of money. However, make sure you don’t buy more of any item than you will use before its expiration date.

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December 31, 2019: What is the goal of diabetes management?

The primary goal of diabetes management is optimal blood glucose control. Self-monitoring of blood glucose helps you and your diabetes care team evaluate your overall blood glucose control and review the trends and patterns of your blood glucose levels during the course of the day.

Learn more about blood glucose monitoring here.

December 30, 2019: What is the benefit of keeping my A1C at the recommended level?

The lower your HbA1c, the better your chances of avoiding serious diabetes complications.

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December 29, 2019: What A1C level should I aim for?

Each person with diabetes and his diabetes care team should set individualized A1C goals. For most people with diabetes, the A1C target is below 7%.

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December 28, 2019: I was recently diagnosed and don’t know what I should eat. What can I do?

If you haven’t already worked with a dietitian to design an individualized meal plan, ask your diabetes care team for a referral to a registered dietitian.

Learn more about nutrition and meal planning here.

December 27, 2019: I’ve been called in for a job interview. Do I need to mention my diabetes?

If your diabetes has no bearing on your ability to do the job, it would not be appropriate to bring it or any other personal medical information up during your interview.

Learn more about diabetes on the job here.

December 26, 2019: Does having an episode of high blood glucose mean I’ve failed at diabetes management?

Not at all — keep in mind that even with your best efforts in managing your diabetes, you may still experience high blood glucose from time to time.

Learn more about high blood glucose here.

December 25, 2019: Lab tests indicate that my testosterone level is low. Could this be affecting my diabetes?

Yes — low testosterone levels may contribute to increased insulin resistance, which can contribute to hyperglycemia (high blood glucose).

Learn more about testosterone and diabetes here.

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