How to Conquer the High Cost of Diabetes


high cost of diabetes

Basically you have four challenges in cost.

#1  It's going to cost you in time


Because you've got to plan out your schedule for eating and moving.

Wait don't stop reading…

I know you hear over and over again about eating and exercise with diabetes but what you have to understand and what your doctor does not have the time to tell you is that slow changes in this over a course of a year will have monumental, huge effects find your health.

The process takes a long time.

The explanation can take even longer but it is worth your while to hear me out.

See this planner where we look at what you do throughout your days.

#2 It’s going to cost you in food and exercise.  

That’s right.  Good wholesome fruits and vegetables and “organic” are way more expensive than the cheap processed sugary, glued food you can get.

Think about this – what’s more expensive? A nice salad with homemade dressing or a McDonalds #3 Meal? Ugh.

And exercise?  Where are you going to walk?

Do you walk throughout the day?

Once a day? Why?

Have you joined a gym?  Do you go once a day?  Why not 3 times a day?

Once for a class, once for free weights, and once for cardio, like walking.

Is it easier to read a book?  Watch TV? Or fall asleep in your favorite chair?

Yes, but making yourself get in the car, walk the mall, go to a parade, watch a show, go back to the gym, go to an event is a lot harder.

#3 It's going to cost you in medications

Finding the right insurance the right drugs and the right pharmacies to sell them to you is worth your while

if you are spending over $100 a month on your medications is that too much would you rather spend $20, $10 or zero?

See part 2 of this planner

#4 The high cost of treatment.

Diabetes has increased 40% over the last 10 years.

While food, exercise, and medications can keep you going,  eventually you have to face the fact that your insurance premiums are costing you more than a non-diabetic.

If you have any trouble with your eyes, feet, heart, erectile dysfunction, or kidneys then extra treatment is needed to protect you.

So on top of the supplies that are needed to monitor your diabetes, you still have to have treatment.

Even if you're on Medicare it does not pay for many of these things and the average American will spend $7000 a year on their health care while the diabetic patient can spend $16,100 a year.

Pre-diabetes diagnosis. Is it worth it?

What your doctor doesn't tell you is that even if you get your A1C down to pre-diabetic levels they will still diagnose you as a pre-diabetic and your insurance is going to cost more.

What you don't want in your medical records is that you are a pre-diabetic.

In medicine, doctors are very careful as to what they put in your records because they know your insurance premium will go up.

Most physicians will not test their own A1c and chart it because they know better than to put anything in their medical chart.

Doesn't it stand to reason that if insurance can find a way to increase your premiums they will do so?

So asking the doctor to screen you for prediabetes is a way of increasing your insurance premiums.

Next Steps

Go to Amazon here buy yourself some finger sticks test your sugar two hours after you eat to see what it is.

We can convert your average sugar to an “A1c” equivalent, so you do not have to pay hundreds for a test.

This is easily done. See the planner to show you how to convert sugars to A1c and vice-versa.

About the Author

Do you feel frustrated with your medical care? Do doctors spend 5 minutes with you, push you out of the office, with you wondering what's going to happen? Does your insurance deny paying? You're not alone. I'm frustrated, too. This is a growing trend in healthcare. Having seen pre-insurance medicine (yes, my dad was an old country doctor), I grew up watching him spend time with his patients, giving them the best care he had to offer. I saw families trust him to help them through hospitalizations and the next crisis. As a patient advocate, my job is to see that you get the right diagnosis, the right treatment plans, and the right supplies and education to make good decisions about your health. More importantly, I will teach you the tricks of the healthcare trade. We need more healthcare consumer protection, especially for chronic illnesses like diabetes. This is what I am passionate about. I make it happen every day with thousands of patients who now know what I know about beating the healthcare system and getting the best patient care...Patient Best.

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