How can Diathrive help you manage your diabetes and save money?
New Research Shows Skyrocketing Diabetes Costs
The American Diabetes Association released new research last year estimating the total costs of diagnosed diabetes at $245 billion in 2012. This represented a 41% increase over the last time cost were measured in 2007.
What does this mean for you?
The American Diabetes Association study showed that people with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures for diabetes of $7,900. Those same people incur average total medical expenditures of about $13,700, which is 2.3 times the national average. Failure to control your diabetes results in even higher medical costs.
In addition to monetary costs, not managing your diabetes costs you in many other ways. People who don’t control their diabetes suffer the following:
- Lower energy
- More fatigue
- Feel thirsty more frequently
- Need to urinate more frequently
- Heal from surgeries and other wounds much less quickly
- Have higher risk of heart attack, stroke, eye problems that lead to blindness, nerve damage, kidney problems, and teeth and gum problems
What’s the first step?
If you experience any of the symptoms of diabetes listed above or have a family history of the disease, as your doctor if you should be tested. It’s a simple blood test covered by most insurances.
Your physician will give you a program for managing your diabetes. At Diathrive we’re here to make managing your diabetes as convenient and inexpensive as possible. We deliver quality products to your door every three months more cheaply than you can buy them anywhere else. We give you a free meter, free shipping and fast, hassle free customer service.
How Can I Test My Blood Sugar?
Standard Instructions – All of the meters Diathrive carries come with instructions on how to test your blood sugar. Each meter’s product detail webpage on our website contains a link to that meter’s instruction manual. The purpose of this article is to give you some tips on testing your blood sugar that you won’t read about in any of the instruction manuals.
Don’t Forget About Gravity – Your heart circulates your blood around your body, but gravity also affects blood flow. Remember how when someone does a head stand all the blood rushes to their head? The same is true of your fingers when you test your blood sugar. You will get more blood from your fingertip if you let your hand and arm hang down for a few minutes before and during your blood sugar testing procedure.
Change Your Lancet After Every Blood Sugar Test – Diathrive will send you as many lancets as you need to change your lancet every time you test. You can’t see it with the naked eye, but every time you test the lancet bends a little and gradually becomes a little fish hook. It will hurt more and may draw less blood.
Squeezing Your Finger – If you have to squeeze your finger to get blood to come out, it’s okay to do so. You may want to try adjusting the lancing device first. Most lancing devices have at least five settings. Usually the higher the setting number the deeper the needle will go when you fire the lancet.
Amount of Blood – Remember that most modern meters require much less blood than older meters. Most meters will beep when they have sufficient blood to perform the blood glucose test.
Holding The Test Strip – Until you hear that beep or otherwise know the meter has enough blood to test, hold the test strip so that it is just touching the edge of the drop of blood on your fingertip. Don’t dab the strip onto the blood or vice versa. All test strips have a wicking action that makes it look as though the test strip is sucking the blood up into the meter. The test strip needs time to do that. Most meters will beep at you or otherwise indicate in their display, for example by counting down to zero, that they are processing your blood sample.
What Should You Consider When Choosing Your Meter?
Many people believe that certain blood glucose meters give more accurate results than others. This simply isn’t true. The FDA has to approve all meters sold in the United States. All meters sold in the United States are required to meet the same accuracy standards.
In our experience, certain meters tend to give higher or lower blood sugar readings than others. We once provided a new blood glucose meter to an old paratrooper. He called a few days later and said, “On Monday my old blood glucose meter read 100 and the new blood glucose meter read 140. On Tuesday, the new meter read 100 and the old meter read 140. Which one is correct?”
Once sitting at my desk within a few minutes I tested my blood sugar five times with five different blood glucose meters using blood from my fingertips. The readings ranged from 72 to 96!
The important thing is to use meters you’re familiar with and to understand whether they run high or low. Sometimes the exact reading isn’t as important as the trends you identify. You should consult a medical professional for personalized guidance about testing your blood sugar.
Ultimately you should choose a blood glucose meter that meets your needs. Some people want to use the myriad features requiring Internet connectivity. Other people simply want the cheapest possible way to check their blood sugar. Still others want or need a talking meter because they have visual problems. Some need wider test strips because they have dexterity problems. Each person may choose a different meter depending on his or her own individual needs.
Diathrive sends you the right number of test strips that you ordered on time every time. We save you the time and trouble of having to order or pick up your own test strips. Fortunately all meters we carry save hundreds of tests in memory, more than enough to give your doctor the information necessary to treat your diabetes properly.
Diathrive can’t provide you with medical advice, and nothing in this article or on this website should be construed as such, but please review our website and email us with any questions you have about how much time and money we can save you while helping you manage your diabetes.