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Old 10-28-2010, 20:14   #1
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Default Treating Type 2 without insurance, can it be done?

Looks like im going to be losing my medical coverage.

What are the best ways to self management going forward,
knowing that im not going to be able to get medical assistance,
just cant afford it.

my only "medication" i take is 500mg Metformin ER, once a day.

i test my BGS twice a day. i can use a lancet many times, so i'll get a lot of mileage out of those. two strips a day isnt bad, and i can probably cut that down to one strip a day.

i take vitamins:

Mens Multi-vitamin, once a day
B12 - 5000mg
E 400
D 1000

that covers everything that i take daily.

ive got my diet and exercise down pretty good,
which i believe has lead to good control of my diabetes

im just wondering if this is going to be doable.

thank you for taking the time to ready this, and of course,
i appreciate any input from anyone

Thanks,
Eric

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It ain't easy, but I think it can be done, especially since you have such tight control. Metformin is very cheap & often available as one of the $4 prescriptions at many pharmacies. Walmart or other discount store meter/strips are cheaper than most too . . . Walmart ReliOn strips are $40 for 100 strips.

I hope by the time you are able to obtain coverage again, the new regulations will have kicked in so that you aren't penalized for your pre-existing condition.




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Metformin is very cheap as Shanny says...in some places you can even get it free. The walmart strips are cheap also. I think the only thing you might need to "save up" for is at least a twice a year blood check at the dr office. But, they say those at home A1C tests are pretty accurate...so that will help.

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Looks like im going to be losing my medical coverage.

What are the best ways to self management going forward,
knowing that im not going to be able to get medical assistance,
just cant afford it.

my only "medication" i take is 500mg Metformin ER, once a day.

i test my BGS twice a day. i can use a lancet many times, so i'll get a lot of mileage out of those. two strips a day isnt bad, and i can probably cut that down to one strip a day.

i take vitamins:

Mens Multi-vitamin, once a day
B12 - 5000mg
E 400
D 1000

that covers everything that i take daily.

ive got my diet and exercise down pretty good,
which i believe has lead to good control of my diabetes

im just wondering if this is going to be doable.

thank you for taking the time to ready this, and of course,
i appreciate any input from anyone

Thanks,
Eric
You are totally in control with your diabetes. Like Pam said, you might need to save up to see your doctor a couple times a year. The Metformin is cheap. You can always try for prescription assistance at NeedyMeds. Good luck Eric, you are a great role model!

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Looks like im going to be losing my medical coverage.

What are the best ways to self management going forward,
knowing that im not going to be able to get medical assistance,
just cant afford it.

my only "medication" i take is 500mg Metformin ER, once a day.

i test my BGS twice a day. i can use a lancet many times, so i'll get a lot of mileage out of those. two strips a day isnt bad, and i can probably cut that down to one strip a day.

i take vitamins:

Mens Multi-vitamin, once a day
B12 - 5000mg
E 400
D 1000

that covers everything that i take daily.

ive got my diet and exercise down pretty good,
which i believe has lead to good control of my diabetes

im just wondering if this is going to be doable.

thank you for taking the time to ready this, and of course,
i appreciate any input from anyone

Thanks,
Eric
Eric:

Why you concerned about diabetes at all with A1C you have. I have A1C 7.5% and I call it 'controlled diabetes'. Please, explain, I'm totally puzzled...

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Metformin is very cheap as Shanny says...in some places you can even get it free. The walmart strips are cheap also. I think the only thing you might need to "save up" for is at least a twice a year blood check at the dr office. But, they say those at home A1C tests are pretty accurate...so that will help.
If I were you, I would drop everything you use and start on Lantus. You would save money, I believe!

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Eric ...

Everyone else has offered the best advice. It is fortunate that you've worked your meds down to Metformin alone. Just want to reaffirm that we're all pulling for you!

Ed, getting the numbers down is Round One in our battle. Keeping 'em down is the rest of our lifelong (hopefully non-violent) war.

Eric is one of our staunchest D-warriors. His story is amazing! He knows the field better than most of us.

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Dang about losing your insurance - that bites.

For lab tests, even cheaper than the Bayer over-the-counter, is this program designed to help people without insurance or resources. There are no pre-qualifying hoops. You order tests online, go to the participating lab closest to you (check out 'locate a lab' tab) for the draw, and get the results yourself. An A1C is only $13.56 and other tests equally discounted.

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Thankfully you're going into this with good control and w/out the expense of insulin. Small favors, I know.

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Eric: Why you concerned about diabetes at all with A1C you have. I have A1C 7.5% and I call it 'controlled diabetes'. Please, explain, I'm totally puzzled...
Ed? Does your doctor agree that your diabetes is controlled? Using this formula [eAG(mg/dl) = (28.7 X HbA1c) 46.7] an A1c of 7.5 equates with an average blood glucose of 168.55 mg/dl, which seems too high for me, 140 being the jumping off point for incurring internal unnoticeable damage to blood vessels, kidneys, retinas, etc.




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Eric,

Sorry to hear about your situation. What line of work are you in?

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