When To Start Insulin Therapy

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10 Tips For Starting Insulin Therapy

Finding out that you need to start taking insulin for your type 2 diabetes may cause you to become concerned. Keeping your blood sugar levels within target range takes a bit of effort, including eating a healthy diet, exercising, and taking your medications and insulin as prescribed. But while it may sometimes seem like a hassle, insulin can help you properly manage your blood sugar, improve your diabetes management, and delay or prevent long-term complications such as kidney and eye disease. Here are 10 tips for how to make your transition to using insulin easier. 1. Meet with your healthcare team Working closely with your healthcare team is the first step to starting on insulin. They’ll discuss the importance of taking your insulin exactly as prescribed, address your concerns, and answer all of your questions. You should always be open with your doctor about all aspects of your diabetes care and overall health. 2. Put your mind at ease Starting to use insulin isn’t as challenging as you might think. Methods for taking insulin include pens, syringes, and pumps. Your doctor can help you decide what’s best for you and your lifestyle. You might need to start on long-acting insu Continue reading >>

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  1. angelalock

    the cost of insulin pumps

    i have been trying to get my insurance to pay for an insulin pump, but, unfortunately (yet predictably) have been denied. i have gone over the pros and cons of using the pump and, for me, the pros far outweigh the cons. first and foremost because i'm bad about forgetting to take each shot throughout the day. the problem is, with all the information i have found on the pump, i cannot seem to find out just how much one costs and if the insulin is more expensive. i am in a coverage gap as far as my prescription coverage goes and will have to be paying full price for the insulin. i am on a limited income and having many health issues that require medications i cannot afford to pay anymore than i am presently (about $650/month for insulin alone). can anyone tell me how much their pump cost and the average cost of the insulin each month?

  2. Harlen

    I love my pump and it has made my life a lot better.
    costs they run up to 7,000 with out ins ,there are places you can get a used one. The oens costs me a lot more then the vile of insulin,but you have the insets to get and they are 13.00 every three days at best if your laying out of pocket.If you do get a pump lit me know and I will send you a link to some frends that can help you get the insets at a much lower cost.
    Best wishes
    With my ins I only pay 10.00 a 1/4 for 22 viles of insulin befor I was spendin 400.00 a 1/4

  3. angelalock

    thanks, harlen. i guess i'll be looking into trying to find a used pump. there is no way i can afford a new one. the cost staggered me!!! right now, i'm taking shots (4 daily). i was on novolog and lantus and it was costing me about $650 a month. which meant i was forced to skip some shots because i could not afford it…i take several other meds, and all together my monthly cash price is more than $1500. the doc decided to see if novolin n and novolin r will work, because it is about $180 a month. a big difference!

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