If you suffer from Diabetes you know how important it is to have the right diabetic supplies. After all diabetes is a lifelong condition. Because it is, you can have major health problems if you don''t keep blood glucose under control.
Our personal experience:
We have family members, and friends, who live with diabetes. Their ability to control their diabetes range from: no health issues at all - to a family friend had his foot amputated after a sore on his foot got out of control, and in one case...death.
We took to time to talk with them about their struggles and triumphs so we could share their experiences with you. Hopefully their experiences help you live a better quality of life.
Home blood sugar (glucose) testing is an essential part of controlling your blood sugar and self-managing diabetes. Blood glucose levels checked with blood taken from the fingertips will show important changes faster than glucose levels checked with blood taken from other sites on the body.
The usual way to check blood sugar levels is by:
- pricking the fingertip with a lancing tool -- a small, sharp needle
- putting the blood drop on a test strip
- placing the test strip into a glucose meter
- reading the blood glucose level displayed on the meter
How to heal diabetic wounds:
One of the tools our diabetic friends and family use is an oxygen concentrator. This wonderful product increases the oxygen in the blood supply. This helps to heal wounds that most severe diabetics can’t get to heal. Check it out by clicking here.
Diabetics are encouraged to check their feet on a daily basis, including the top, soles, and heels, with a mirror to inspect for any cuts or signs of infections.
We highly suggest you go the extra step and inspect your shoes on a daily basis for stickers, abnormal wear, small rocks, etc. This will help ensure that you don’t get minor cuts that could turn into the loss of a leg.
Minor cuts should be washed and cleaned immediately and they should also make a point to conduct a complete examination with their doctor at least once a year. Regular exercise is also recommended because it improves circulation and may alleviate some of the symptoms.
Special Note* If your wound is advanced - seek immediate medial attention. We highly suggest Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Basic Diabetic Supplies List:
According to WebMd and the personal experience from our diabetic friends and family: Depending on the type of diabetes you have - type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes - you''ll need to purchase the following items:
- a glucose meter
- test strips
- glucose tablets
- emergency alert bracelet
- diabetic shoes
Glucose Meter Recommendation:
We have a friend who has lived with diabetes for 15 years. He lives relatively without health problems. I should tell you he takes very good care of himself. He measures, calculates meal portions and such. He also closely monitors his glucose using the XYZ BRAND.
He told us this meter is by far the best he has ever owned. We checked out his meter for consumer reports, and it got high marks across the board. This is why we recommend XYZ BRAND as the best glucose meter on the market.
You can go straight to the Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Contour USB website by clicking here.
Test Strips Recommendation:
Blood glucose test strips (diabetes test strips) are one of the components of a diabetes monitoring system. Diabetic test strips are an essential part of monitoring blood glucose.
My friend uses the Bayer Contour Next Blood Glucose Test Strips. He said he recommends this type of test strip because:
- it''s easy to use because there was no coding that needed to be done
- the results were quick
- it didn''t take much blood
You can go straight to their website by clicking here.
Ketones are substances that are made when the body breaks down fat for energy. The Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Contour USB blood sugar meter doesn''t monitor for Keytones. Therefore my buddy says he uses the following lancet: OneTouch Delica
- easy to use
- it''s pretty much pain-free
- it doesn''t need much blood to make it work
He''s been using the OneTouch Delica Lancing Device. You can go to their website by clicking here. According to my buddy, if you use the OneTouch, you won''t be disappointed.
Glucose tablets Recommendation:
As funny as this may sound our friends and family who live with diabetes uses SMARTIES for their glucose tablets. Apparently 1 roll of SMARTIES has 6 grams of carbs, and their cheap.
Emergency Alert Bracelet Recommendation:
When it comes to chronic diseases like diabetes, being easily identified as having a medical condition is often necessary in emergency situations.
In some emergencies, the person may not always be able to speak or communicate. So get an emergency alert bracelet and wear it when you are out. We asked our friends and family where they get their bracelets and they told us the best place to get them was at XYZ COMPANY.
Click here to visit their website.
Diabetic Shoes Recommendation:
Individuals with diabetes are at risk for foot problems because of impaired blood supply (peripheral neuropathy) to the feet and the potential for decreased sensation in the extremities.
Personal diabetic foot experience:
One of my good friends lost a leg to diabetes. It simply started as a small wound on his right foot. Five months later, on Christmas day 2007, he unwrapped his foot for me to see. The smell was horrible and I could easily see that it had become a life threatening diabetic lesion.
To keep his other foot he changed his footwear. Till this day he still has his other foot thanks to better supplies for monitoring his blood sugar and the best shoes on the market.
Why diabetic’s feet are at risk?
The disease damages small blood vessels and hinders the body’s ability to efficiently transport blood to the lower extremities. As a result, the feet receive inadequate amounts of oxygen and nutrients and could result in the following conditions: slow-healing wounds, constant infections, thickened nails, waxy appearing skin, and feint or missing pulses. The inadequate blood supply could also lead to loss of sensation on the foot which may cause even more infections and foot deformities.
Our Shoe Recommendation Is:
SAS shoes are highly recommended by doctors for individuals with this condition because they provide ample room in the toes, they’re offered in wide sizes, and the orthotics is removable so you always have the option of replacing them.
Our friend who lost a leg to diabetes now uses SAS shoes. He told us the SAS shoe helps him keep his other leg. He''s not the only one we know using SAS shoes. We have several family members with diabetes using these shoes. In case you were wondering, in those cases they have both feet.
To visit their website simply clicking here.
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