Diabetes Equipment and Supplies for Type 2 Diabetics
If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
one of the things you'll need to do is figure out what kind of diabetes
and supplies you'll need. Here is a quick introduction to some of
the most common items.
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Blood Glucose Monitor / Meter (Glucometer)
A glucometer is used to read your blood sugar levels.
Many types of blood glucose monitors
are available and it when it comes to choosing one, it's just individual
preference. Look for a
that's easy to use, easy to read, and where the test strips are not too pricey. Cost
of the glucomter is of course a consideration as well. Some manufacturers offer the
glucometer for free if you purchase their test strips; ask the pharmacy if there are
any specials. Beyond these basic considerations, there are many "extras"
that you might find helpful.
Test Strips and Lancets
to go with the blood glucose monitor. Your blood sample is placed on the test strip,
which is then inserted into the monitor so that the blood sugar can be read.
Test strips are typically the biggest regular expense you'll have.
Diabetes Log Book
It's important to keep track of blood glucose readings along with other information,
such as the amount of carbohydrates consumed
plus any other notes that may be helpful to show why the blood sugar reading is
what it is. Your log book can help you spot patterns in blood sugar -- for
example, you might notice that your blood sugar is always a little too low
after exercising, so you can take steps to correct it. A quick and easy way
to create a log book is to print off log sheets
Blood Pressure Monitor
A blood pressure monitor
is an important tool for diabetics, who are more likely to also have
. Hypertension a risk factor for many
including heart disease
Therefore it's important to regularly check your blood pressure and take steps if it's too high.
Insulin Syringes and Supplies
Not everyone with type 2 diabetes will need to take insulin, but for those that
do, a supply of insulin syringes & needles (along with the insulin itself, of
course) is required. Do not re-use needles -- if re-used, they can introduce
bacteria into the body and cause infection. They also get dull quickly which
can cause discomfort or pain. Also keep a fresh supply of insulin on hand.
Check it regularly to make sure it's still good prior to using it.
Some people may decide to use a diabetes insulin pump
rather than administer daily insulin shots.
Diabetics may experience with hypoglycemia
(low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).
Make sure you recognize the symptoms of both. A supply of hard candy, fruit juice,
or similar items can help to raise your blood sugar if you're
Other Diabetes Supplies
These can include a sharps container
for safely disposing of used needles; cases and organizers (for example, for medications),
or medical ID bracelets.
Check with your insurance provider to see if they will cover all or part of
the costs of your diabetes equipment and supplies.
The information on this website is based on our own research and personal experience,
and is not a substitute for medical advice. Questions about your health and individual
situation should be directed to your doctor.