By Barrett White
Diabetes care can be such a pain. With the cost of insulin at an all-time high, it’s not uncommon to hear ghastly news stories like the artist in Houston who tragically lost his life when he couldn’t afford it, or the government employee rationing her insulin when her paychecks stopped during the government shutdown. For people living with diabetes, the volley of costs is no game. Access to insulin means life or death for many diabetics.
Legacy works with our diabetic patients on a range of issues that they face: In addition to insulin, other important factors that diabetics must pay attention to are their diet, exercise, and good foot care. We help you manage your diabetes carefully and deliberately with treatment that includes low-cost solutions to the cost of insulin and tips for a healthier diabetic lifestyle. Diabetes is manageable, and coping with it doesn’t have to be a daunting or expensive.
We understand that living with diabetes can be stressful if you’re unsure how to properly manage it. Stress can elevate your blood sugar levels, so we’re here to remind you that you’re not alone:
Open up to family and friends – Involve your family and friends in your diabetes care and create a support group. Let them know how you are feeling and allow them to be a part of your treatment plan.
Assemble a solid health care team – Develop a relationship with your doctor, dietitian, pharmacist, patient educator and Legacy care team associate who make you feel comfortable about sharing your feelings.
Set realistic goals – Dietary and lifestyle changes can be difficult to make and in trying to live a healthier lifestyle, do the best you can and know that you won’t hit 100 percent every time.
Get active – Exercise is a powerful tool in managing stress – create a routine to get some physical activity daily.
Get involved – Rather than worrying about developing complications of diabetes someday, focus on the healthful behaviors you are learning and how those new habits will help you manage your blood glucose and keep you from developing complications.
Relax – Use meditation and breathing techniques to help you relax and decrease stress.
Visit our diabetes portal for tips and tricks, as well as helpful apps for iPhone and Android for helping to manage your diet and exercise.