Diabetes and the Downturn

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…

Being Supermarket Savvy

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

Getting a Hand From Social Agencies

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…

Save Money on Your Meds

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…

Medicare Information

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…

Tips for Buying Health Insurance

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…

Type 1 Diabetes Scholarships: Where Do I Find Them?

There are hundreds of type 1 diabetes scholarships out there. But you have to know where to look before applying for the thousands of dollars available only to students living with type 1 diabetes. Check out this list and links from Diabetes Self-Management to jump start your search.