How To Manage Diabetes On A Budget
Category : How To Manage Diabetes On A Budget
Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can affect both quality and quantity of life, if not treated. These conditions do not discriminate – they can affect all age groups and all ethnic groups.
If you have diabetes, there is no getting around the fact that taking care of yourself can be expensive. The cost of medical care, diabetes medications and supplies, and healthy foods add up.
These expenses can be difficult to manage even in the best of times. In hard times it can seem impossible. With the current economic downturn, many people are having trouble with even the most basic diabetes expenses.
Those with chronic health conditions, especially diabetes, are cutting critical things like doctor’s appointments and essential medications. These hard decisions, often made without input from a doctor, can have serious—even life-threatening—consequences, especially for conditions like diabetes that require close monitoring.
If you start skipping doctor’s appointments, medications, or blood sugar monitoring without telling your doctor or pharmacist, the consequences can be downright scary.
Unchecked sky-high blood sugar levels in diabetics with type 1 diabetes can cause diabetic ketoacidosis, a dangerous condition that occurs when your body doesn’t have enough insulin and starts breaking down fat for energy. It ultimately makes your blood so acidic it can kill you.
A night in the emergency room or a week in the hospital can rack up a lot of money in health care costs.
Plus, you may set back your treatment so much that you need to start additional, more expensive medications just to get healthy again.
If you need to make a change in your diabetes treatment plan because of financial strains, talk to your doctor or pharmacist first—they’ll likely find a way to help.
If you’re one of the millions of people suffering from diabetes, you may be looking for ways to save money on health insurance and other diabetes-related health costs. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep your diabetes and your health care costs under control.
Even on a limited income, there are many cost-effective ways to control this condition, such as increasing physical activity and making better dietary choices and taking a look at the use of various herbs/spices, instead of salt to flavour food.
Having diabetes mellitus (DM), means your body is not effectively using the insulin it is producing to metabolize your food, and it is not producing as much as insulin as it should.
Diabetes, if uncontrolled, can affect the heart, kidneys and eyes over time.
There are two main types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 diabetes requires treatment with insulin because the pancreas cannot produce insulin, while Type 2 diabetes can be treated in its early stages by taking pills.
Very typically however, if you have Type 2 diabetes, you will require insulin over time.
This is due to the continued decrease of insulin production in your body, eventually requiring supplementation of insulin.
So how does one deal with diabetes on a low budget?
Cost-saving Strategies for Diabetes Medication
Eating well and exercising more can often reverse Type 2 diabetes, or at least reduce your need for medication
Even small health tweaks can pay huge dividends. In one study, people at high risk of diabetes who lost 7% of their body weight through dietary changes and exercise reduced their diabetes risk by 58%.
Under your doctor’s advice, you may be able to delay the need for pricey prescriptions and daily home blood sugar testing with smart lifestyle changes.
Losing weight, eating more foods packed with certain nutrients—including fiber and omega-3s—and exercising at least a few times a week can steady blood sugar levels to a point where you may not need medication or can start on a lower dosage.
Exercise of just 30 minutes daily has been shown to maintain weight or even cause weight loss.
And exercise can increase insulin sensitivity, meaning less insulin is needed to control your blood sugar.
How To Eat Healthy On A Budget
You can cut food costs by eating more meals at home and by making sure they feature some of the healthiest foods from your supermarket — foods like whole grains, vegetables, and beans.
Packing your lunch, snacks, drinks and other meals is less expensive and way healthier than eating out.
Make it a habit to cook at home, rather than eating out at the last minute.
Generally, you can feed an entire family of four for the same price as buying food for one or two people at a restaurant.
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By cooking yourself, you also gain the benefit of knowing exactly what is in your food.
Fruits and vegetables are a source of dietary energy (calories), they provide key nutrients at a reasonable cost.
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Don’t be afraid to buy frozen vegetables in the freezer section of your local grocery store .
Sure, I love fresh vegetables, but since frozen veggies are picked and then frozen at peak ripeness (and thus most nutritionally dense), they are often a better value while being edible for months longer.
Fresh fruits, berries and vegetables are usually in season only a few months per year, and are sometimes rather expensive.
Quick-frozen produce is usually just as nutritious. It is cheaper, available all year and is usually sold in large bags.
Frozen produce is great to use when cooking, making smoothies, or as toppings for oatmeal or yogurt.
Furthermore, you gain the advantage of being able to take out only what you’re about to use. The rest will be kept safe from spoiling in the freezer.
You will find that if you take advantage of healthy foods on sale (especially buy one get one free deals), many foods that are listed here will suddenly become great value!
Easy Low Cost Healthy Meals
1.Stir-fry: Heat a little vegetable oil/olive oil in a frying pan. Add diced chicken breast or pork loin and brown.
Add chopped vegetables of your choice and sauté until tender-crisp. Season with a splash of low-sodium soy sauce . Serve over cooked brown rice. Complete the meal with a dish of mandarin oranges and a glass of milk.
2.Casserole: Place 4 cups cooked brown pasta in a casserole dish. Add 2 cups cooked beef, chicken, pork, or beans.
Add 2 cups green beans (drained) or broccoli (thawed and drained). Add 1 can diced tomatoes with juice and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste. Combine.
Top with 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Bake for 30-45 minutes in 350 degree oven until hot and bubbly (and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees). Serve with apple slices and a glass of milk.
3.Omelet: Cook up eggs with your choice of fillings: veggies, shredded cheese, diced cooked meat or deli ham. Serve with orange slices and whole wheat toast.
4.Tuna/Chicken/Egg Salad: Mix cooked diced chicken, canned tuna or salmon, or hard cooked eggs with diced veggies of your choice (celery, onion, bell peppers, carrots, etc.) in a medium bowl.
Coat lightly with low fat mayonnaise and mustard or salad dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve on toasted brown bread, in a whole-grain wrap or on top of a leafy green salad. Complete the meal with peaches and plums and a glass of milk.
5.Smoothie: Blend together 1 cup yogurt, 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, and 1/2 cup milk.
6.Stuffed Potato: “Bake” a potato in the microwave. Slit the potato open and top with 1 teaspoon soft light butter. Add lowfat cheese and a dollop of salsa. Serve with carrot sticks and grapes.
7.Traditional Cottage pie
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
500g beef mince
1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato purée
300ml beef stock
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
dash Worcestershire sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
For the topping
1kg potatoes, peeled and diced
75g light butter
4 tablespoons milk
Prep:20min › Cook:1hr10min › Ready in:1hr30min
1.Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5.
2.Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook over a medium heat until soft. Add the mince and cook to brown.
3.Add the tinned tomatoes, purée, beef stock, mixed herbs and Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
4.Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in water until soft. Drain and mash with the mustard, butter and milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
5.Spoon the mince mixture into a casserole dish. Top with the mash and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
The potato topping can be replaced by a mix of potato and sweet potato or parsnip for a delicious twist (and a lower GI score!).
8.Lamb Casserol One Pot
3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
2 parsnips peeled and cut into chunks
3 celery sticks cut into chunks
8 small new potatoes
about 700g boneless lamb shoulder joint
salt and pepper
400ml lamb stock (I used a stock cube)
2 tablespoons Bisto® gravy granules
mint sauce to serve
Yorkshire puddings to serve
Prep:10min › Cook:3-4hrs
Place the carrots ,parsnips ,celery and potatoes in the bottom of the casserole dish. Remove any string from the lamb joint and place on top. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour over the hot lamb stock, cover and cook for about 3 to 4 hours in an oven at 200 C/Gas mark 6.
When ready to serve, remove the lamb carefully (use 2 forks to lift out as it will fall apart – no need to carve, just pull the meat apart).
Make up about 120ml boiling water with the Bisto and ladle in a few ladlefuls of the juice from the casserole dish to taste.
Plate up the lamb and vegetables and serve with Yorkshire puddings, mint sauce and gravy.
Use for leftovers
leftover lamb is great in sandwiches with mint sauce.
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How To Save Money On Health Insurance And Diabetes Care
1.Eli Lilly & Company offers a program called “LillyTruAssist” to provide insulin to those in need. Visit http://lillytruassist.com/.
2.The Charles Ray III Diabetes Association provides meters, strips and pump supplies to those who cannot afford them. To learn more, go to http://www.cr3diabetes.org/.
3.The Foundation for Health Coverage Education helps people without insurance to locate public and private assistance programs. Their website (www.coverageforall.org) has a simple eligibility checklist.
4.Needymeds runs a web site, www.needymeds.com, that provides up-to-date information on nearly 200 patient assistance programs run by drug manufacturers.
5.Novo Nordisk offers a Patient Assistance Program that provides free insulin, pen needles, and glucagon kits for those who fail to qualify for government-sponsored programs, do not have private insurance, and fall below a certain income level. Go to http://novonordisk-us.com/documents/section_frontpage/document/pap_diabetescare.asp to apply.
6.Sanofi has an assistance program for paying for Lantus at http://www.lantus.com/hcp/paying-for-lantus/patient-assistance-programs.
7.Script Relief is a prescription drug savings program that can offer discounts of up to 75% on some prescriptions. You can visit http://scriptrelief.com/ for more information.
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There are many ways to stay healthy and maintain good diabetic control even on a very tight budget.
These include planning your meals, cooking at home, and making smart choices at the grocery store and with all diabetes-related health costs.
Keep in mind poor diabetic control comes with more medical costs, drugs and even reduced work capacity.
Even if eating healthy was more expensive (which it doesn’t have to be), then it would still be worth it down the line.
You really can’t put a price on good health!
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