Diabetic Supplies - The Basics
If Mom or Dad has been diagnosed with diabetes and requires insulin injections, or you're a caregiver of someone diagnosed with diabetes, you may be required to help ensure that they have adequate supplies on hand.
Mom's diabetes may require careful monitoring, which she may or may not be able to do on her own. A variety of equipment and monthly supplies is necessary to ensure proper and adequate Health Care.
Some of the most common diabetic supplies include a number of categories, such as:
Individuals with coexisting medical conditions may need more information regarding diabetes, proper diet maintenance, care and overall healthy lifestyle and habits.http://www.boomers-with-elderly-parents.com/images/Fotolia_46507202_XS.jpg Each individual case is different, and you, the caregiver, may be the one required to determine how much additional information or supplies are necessary for Mom's care.
When it comes to glucose monitoring, the most important tool for a diabetic is a glucose monitoring kit. The glucose monitor is a tool into which diabetics insert glucose-testing strips containing a drop of blood. This equipment measures sugar levels in the blood through digital or voice activated readout.
Glucose monitoring kits may range anywhere from $20.00 to $65.00 or more, depending on the brand, style and functions of the device.
Most glucose monitoring kits offer readouts within 5 seconds and come with carrying cases for easy transportation at home, in a purse, or when traveling. Some glucose monitoring kits offer additional functions besides readout of blood sugar levels. Some are computerized, and save up to 7 to 14 days of your blood readouts, offering daily averages to help offer greater control and maintenance of diabetic diet, lifestyle and exercise.
Mom's doctor will determine the type and dosage of insulin that she requires based on her overall condition, the type and severity of her diabetes, and her diet.
In the beginning of insulin treatment, some experimentation in regard to dosages may be required, and will be affected by Mom's diet, eating habits, and coexisting medical factors.
Insulin is purchased in small bottles, or in pre-filled disposable syringes or pen-type devices found at your local pharmacy. You will need a prescription for insulin. Most types of insulin need to be kept refrigerated, although some don't.
Glucose testing strips are another important diabetics apply that Mom should have at all times. Glucose testing strips are typically sold in boxes of 50 to 100 test strips, many of which require only a very small amount of blood (one micro liter).
Testing strips generally offer fast and accurate results of blood sugar levels when inserted into the blood glucose monitor. Instructions with your blood glucose monitor will tell you which types of testing strips the device will accept.
Needles and syringes for diabetic maintenance offer a variety of options. Traditional needles and syringes can be purchased in bulk, and every individual using a syringe should also purchase a red plastic container (called a sharps container) marked with a bio-hazard label for safe disposal of used syringes and needles. Diabetic needles are very fine and are not painful to insert into the muscles of the thigh, arm, stomach, or hip.
Pen needles are also growing increasingly popular, and are compatible with many different types of insulin. Pen needles offer thinner walls and smaller diameters than traditional diabetic needles, and are used in pen delivery-type devices. Diabetic needles are available in a number of gauges, and are used by children, adults and seniors without side effects such as bruising, the need to pinch the skin, or painful or tender skin over the injection site.
If you or a loved one has diabetes, you may also be interested in a number of diabetic supplies accessories including carrying cases, lancets, diabetic socks, or skin care products.
Diabetics need to take special care of their skin and most especially their feet.In cases where loss of feeling our peripheral neuropathy is diagnosed along with the diabetes, bruises, cuts, blisters or other sores on the feet may not be felt right away, and may take longer to heal than skin tears or wounds on non-diabetics.
Talk to your doctor about basic diabetic supplies and always have extra supplies on hand so that Mom has adequate access to the tools to help her maintain optimal health and wellness.