November is American Diabetes Month!

November is American Diabetes Awareness Month!

Did you know?

·         Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.

·         Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

·         The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

One of the biggest hurdles that patients with diabetes face in controlling their blood sugars and maintaining a healthy diet is the financial barrier. Whether it is the cost of the medications or access to fresh fruit and vegetables, both can really impact how well patients do.

Below is a link that has information on assistance programs available to patients with diabetes, some of the programs are directly related to the pharmaceutical companies that produce your medication and others are independent companies that provide assistance with supplies.

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/health-insurance/prescription-assistance.html

Preparing Diabetic Friendly Meals on a Budget:

http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/recipes/budget-friendly.html

In an aggressive campaign to stop diabetes, the American Diabetes Association has developed an “America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes”, it is full of helpful tips that you can use all week to prepare healthy meals and get exercise.

http://main.diabetes.org/dorg/adm/adm-2014-fact-sheet.pdf

Controlling your diabetes is the first step in preventing complications and other health conditions related to diabetes. Your provider is your partner in maintaining your health, keep an accurate log of your glucose readings and discuss with your provider any obstacles you may be experiencing.

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