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Here's how some diabetics can save their money

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Many diabetics check their blood sugar regularly at home. On the surface, this seems like a good idea since controlling your diabetes can prevent some of the worst complications of the disease — namely kidney failure, vision loss and even foot infections leading to amputations. But many diabetics may be checking their blood sugar unnecessarily and wasting a fair amount of money in the process.

Type 1 diabetics do need to check their blood sugar in order to adjust their insulin doses. In Type 1 diabetes the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to meet the body’s needs and this leads to a rise in blood sugar. For now, there is no real alternative to insulin treatment short of a pancreas transplant, which for obvious reasons is reserved only for very severe cases.

Type 2 diabetes is another matter altogether. In Type 2 diabetes, the problem is not insufficient insulin but rather insulin resistance. Giving patients more insulin to drive down blood sugar levels does work, but it does not address the underlying problem.........

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