Anyone who is suffering from or knows someone who has diabetes knows very well how physically, mentally, emotionally and financially debilitating this disease can be. Though it affects people differently and how it affects an individual cannot be predicted, those affected with this condition can still live a healthy, normal life.
Staying healthy is important for all, but those with diabetes have to pay extra attention to their health. The symptoms and sometimes the medications used to treat this disease can have an impact on a person’s energy level, eating habits and feelings, thus compromising a person’s overall well-being. The key to treating diabetes is to control your blood sugar level. The following will help to do that:
• Eat healthy foods
• Lose weight if you are overweight
• Regular exercise
• Monitor your sugar level often
• No alcohol or tobacco
• Follow your doctor’s orders and take your medicine as prescribed
By following the above guidelines, people with diabetes stand a better chance of improving the quality of their lives. However, for more than half of Americans residing in the US, the steep price of medication for diabetes can hinder their desire to better their lives. Each year millions of Americans across the United States who do not have the benefit of health insurance or prescription drug coverage plans are faced with costs that they are often unable to afford, causing them to risk their health, lives, and sometimes even their bank accounts. Here are a few tips on how you can save on medicine:
Be honest in telling your doctor if he can prescribe an equally-potent, yet cheaper, brand of medicine. Better yet, ask him if it’s okay that you buy generic or if he has samples he can give you.
Compare the prices of your prescription medicine. Visit or call pharmacies within your area and find out which offers the cheaper price. Many pharmaceutical companies offer coupons and rebates on medicine, so be sure to visit the companies websites or contact them by phone to find out more information.
Go online and register for programs out there designed specifically to help people who can’t afford their prescription drugs.