Diabetes Self-Management Articles

If you have diabetes, you know that managing it isn’t cheap. The articles in this section can help you become a savvy health-care consumer, whether you¹re shopping for insurance, trying to stick to a food budget, or looking for help dealing with your health-care-related expenses.

Being Supermarket Savvy by Patti Geil, MS, RD, CDE, FADA, and Alissa Heizler, RD, CDE

Downsizing, layoffs, and frozen salaries mean challenging times for even the most cost-conscious penny pinchers. Savvy shopping ability is now a priceless skill…

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Buying Life Insurance by Jeffrey D. Mooers

I was having breakfast the other day with a friend who is an attorney specializing in estate planning. He was worried about his father, a financial services professional, who happens to have diabetes. They were both upset because his father could not buy life insurance…

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Diabetes and the Downturn by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

For people living with diabetes, maintaining optimal blood glucose control takes knowledge, dedication, support — and money. According to a study published in the December 2008 issue of the journal Diabetes Care, people recently diagnosed with diabetes spend, on average, $4,174 more each year on medical costs than people who don’t have diabetes — a gap that increases substantially each year following the initial diagnosis…

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Do’s and Don’t’s for Saving Money by Quinn Phillips

No matter how long you’ve had diabetes, managing your self-care can be a difficult balancing act: With a meticulous approach toward controlling your blood glucose level, you risk episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose); but relax a little too much, and your level can shoot through the roof…

Eating Well on a Budget by Anita H. King, DNP, FNP-C, FAADE

The economic downturn of recent years has been an eye-opener for nearly all Americans. Everyone, it seems, is trying to stretch a dollar. This is especially true when it comes to food, since there is such a wide range of options (and prices) available…

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Getting a Hand From Social Agencies by David Spero, RN

Coping with painful neuropathy and caring for her aging mother had taken over Julie’s life. She would cook, clean, and provide care until pain and fatigue stopped her. As soon as she felt a little better, she would start in again: shopping, doing…

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Healthy Eating on a Budget by Patti Geil, MS, RD, CDE, and Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE

“Healthy food costs too much money” is a common meal-planning myth and one that could be preventing you from enjoying the benefits of eating healthfully while spending less. It may be true that sugar-free and fat-free versions of certain…

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Medicare Information by Quinn Phillips

If you are age 65 or older, chances are you are enrolled in Medicare. This public program is the largest health insurance provider in the United States, with more than 45 million beneficiaries. For most, eligibility is based on age, but people who have disabilities that prevent them from working or who have another qualifying condition such as end-stage kidney disease are also eligible for coverage…

Save Money on Your Meds by Joseph Gustaitis

With prices going up on so many items these days, consumers need all the help they can get. That’s why it’s useful to know about programs that can help people save on prescription drugs…

Tips for Buying Health Insurance by Gerald L. Mummey, CLU

No insurance company is eager to insure the health of people with diabetes. In fact, they do so only when forced by competition or political dictate. Whenever possible, insurance companies attach restrictive diabetes riders, exclusions, and waiting…

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