Mortgage payments, utility bills, car payments – we all have lots of important household expenses we need to make room for in the budget, but none are quite as important or necessary as medical bills, especially if you have a condition like diabetes. Luckily, the costs associated with diabetes, no matter how big or small they currently are, can usually be trimmed down with a little effort.
Here are some of the ways you can cut the cost of diabetes and boost your budget:
Consider the Bigger Picture
Before we go on, I want to say that you should never try to cut the cost of diabetes by missing appointments with your doctor or doing without necessary medication. Sure, you’ll save a few bucks for a while, but you could seriously damage your health in the process and then you’ll have even bigger medical bills to face. If you need insulin, take it regularly and keep in touch with your doctor at the very least.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
If you have type-2 diabetes, there is a good chance that you can keep it under control by eating a healthy diet and taking regularly exercise. In fact, many people have completely reversed their condition by doing just that (see here). So, stock up on veggies and hit the treadmill if you want to slash your medical bill and get healthy.
Switch Up Your Medications
Have you been prescribed a generic medication? Do you even know? If not, it might be worth looking into the medications you are taking to see if you could make savings by switching from a brand to a much cheaper generic product. This goes for any medications any member of your family may take; it’s not just for diabetes.
If and when you are prescribed any new drugs, don’t be afraid to ask your physician to prescribe a lower-cost alternative.
Buy Your Medication Online
There is an abundance of diabetic products, from lancets to blood monitors, that can be purchased online, and they are often much cheaper than the ones you can buy at the store or pharmacy near your home. So, before you go out and buy any medical supplies you need, check the prices online first.
Save on Sugar Testing
If your doctor has told you that you need to test your blood sugar levels, you should never stop doing so, but you may be able to decrease the amount of times you use the testers, thus saving a small sum over the course of a year. This is something you should only do if your levels have been stable for an extended period, and you should always consult your doctor first.
Get Friendly with Your Pharmacist
Instead of walking in and out of the pharmacy in a flash, take the time to talk to your pharmacist, get to know them and ask their opinion about your condition. Often, they can suggest more efficient ways to manage your diabetes that will also be easier on the wallet.
Before you make any major changes to your diabetes management regime, please remember to consult your doctor first. You can’t play fast and loose with your health.