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Old 07-19-2017, 18:26   #1
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A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that patients with diabetes that are 45 to 64 years old frequently reduce or delay taking their medications to save money.

“Diabetes is a syndrome of several different diseases. Patients often have high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, and kidney disease. All these things are running concurrently,” Sisson told Healthline. “So, if they skip their medication for cholesterol, let’s say, they may not feel any effects at all.”

People with Diabetes Are Skipping Their Medications to Save Money
Have you ever skipped medication to save money? Why? Why not?

Maybe instead of focusing on making sure patients are taking their medicine, they should consider focusing on ways to help them need LESS medication.

Just my 2 cents...

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If my doctor's PA doesn't reduce my statin dosage I am going to start skipping doses of it, not to save money, but to reduce my dosage to lower level. I only take it for its anti inflammation capability, not for its cholesterol lowering affect.

I take half of my daily multivitamin dosage to save money. Even half contains as much or more of the vitamins/minerals other multivitamins contain and a lot of the vitamins/minerals in it are in a more absorbable form. Its easy to do since the serving size is 8 tablets per day (4 X 2)

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Reducing medication when blood sugar consistently low - example fasting below 80, PPBS below 120 , is definitely advisable to reduce the side-effects of medicine in long run usage.

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I do know folks who are on insulin and take less than the prescribed dose; their BGs are running much, much higher than mine, but they also do not make good food choices and have a high level of disability, lack of mobility, etc. that all contribute to a very threatening scene for them. If only I could convince them--and help them--to begin this type of eating...that's not possible, unfortunately.

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I reduced the dosage of my statin on my own for my own reasons. My cholesterol went up a bit, but still in the good range, and my doctor has not commented. I think lifestyle change has helped reduce my cholesterol so I am still maintaining satisfactory levels without as much med. I pay my doctor to be my advisor, but consider the final decision to be mine.

I agree with Cricket, that more attention should be paid to helping the patient need less medicine, but they don't usually. Just prescribe the med, without allowing the patient to make changes to improve the situation.

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I agree with Cricket, that more attention should be paid to helping the patient need less medicine, but they don't usually. Just prescribe the med, without allowing the patient to make changes to improve the situation.
Amen! The 'health care' system is probably more correctly called the 'symptom treater business' that is the biggest cash cow for industries that do very well financially. I make a distinction between the dedicated individuals who give hands-on care to patients or do the truly pure-science research related to health and illness, and the entities that would drive out of business or pull medical licenses from folks who truly want to heal people rather than sell chemicals.

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I took less insulin than I should have been in my early 20's. I had no insurance and didn't make much money. So to make it last I did less. It really wasn't a smart move. I also didn't test my BG for a very long time, part of the reason was the cost of strips and all the hoops I had to jump through to get the insurance company to pay for them.

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I don't know much about insulin, but I think it's very scary that you were injecting insulin without testing blood sugar.

My nephew used to skip meals so he wouldn't have to use insulin. It was some issue that after he used a certain amount the price went way up, so he conserved it. Not a good idea, but the rules and regulations make us have to do these things.

I use a Relion meter and strips from Walmart. Very inexpensive, and my insurance does not allow me enough strips to test as often as I like to.

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I def am not taking any meds because I have terrible health coverage. I am doing my best to stick to low carb lifestyle with at least an hour a day of cardio activity. Just had blood drawn yesterday to check A1C. I will see if the doc thinks I can keep avoiding the medication.

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Metformin is very inexpensive and you don't even need insurance to get it, but it is probably best for you if you can manage your blood sugar with diet and exercise.

I have a friend who has been in denial about her diabetes for a few years. She kept getting an A1c of 7.2 but refused meds, and also refused to test. Then one day she went for her A1c and it was in the 8 range. Still refused meds or testing. I told her about low carb. She didn't even know what a carb is. She needed educated. Now she has reduced her carb intake down to below 50gm per day, walks faithfully every day and has lost 35 lbs and brought her A1c to 5.9, a big drop. She still won't test. She has an aversion to pricking her finger.

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