Buena Salud Guide to Diabetes and Your Life
By Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., M.S.
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TAKE YOUR MEDICINES
Sara could not afford all her medicines. Since she took so many, she decided that she would just stop taking one of them. She narrowed her decision to whether to take the medicines for diabetes or the medicine to control her cholesterol. It was not an easy choice, but she decided to take the medicine to control her cholesterol as she did not want to have a heart attack.
The good news is that there are many types of medicines to help you control your diabetes, and sometimes you can get help in covering the cost. Your health care provider will work with you to make sure that your medicines are working the way they should. When you are prescribed medicines to control your diabetes, you must take them. That is essential to managing and controlling your diabetes. You must also take your other medicines. If you are unsure of which medicines you should take, or if you are concerned about taking too many medicines or about the cost, you must discuss this with your health care provider.
Some people may need insulin. Insulin can be prescribed in rapid-acting, intermediate-acting, or long-acting formulations. Your health care provider will give you some combination of the different types of insulin to meet your daily needs. You can get your insulin by injection or by an insulin pump. The typical insulin pump is about the size of a deck of cards and has a catheter that goes under your skin in your stomach, lower back, leg, or arm. Although Medicare Part D helps pay for insulin, it does not pay for the type that is used with an insulin pump. At one time there was a type of insulin that you could inhale, but that is no longer available.
The medicines you are taking may not be familiar to you or to your family. Your health care provider prescribed specific medicines for you to help you control your diabetes. If you feel that your medicines are making you sick, then you need to tell your health care provider. Do not stop taking your medicines just because you do not like them or because you are feeling better or because you think they are too expensive. Talk to your health care provider before making any change in the medicines you are taking. If you are having difficulty paying for your medicines or for the supplies you need to monitor your diabetes, let your health care provider know. Medicare covers many of the costs for your medicines. You can call the National Hispanic Family Helpline (1-866-783-2645) to get information on how to get help in paying for your medicines.
Some people are concerned about taking any prescription medicines because they are not natural. They prefer to take teas or other products because they don't have as many chemicals. My response is that they are all made with chemicals. Most important of all, being natural is not necessarily healthy. Arsenic is natural, but it can accumulate in your body and kill you. Whether something is manufactured or natural is not the important issue. What is important is to take the right medicines for the right reasons. This way medicine can help you stay healthy and alive.
Others tell me they feel safer taking medicines that they can buy in another country or over the counter. The reality is that if a prescription medicine is not sold in the United States, you should not take it because it has not met the strict safety standards that are in place in this country to protect you. As for over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, you should take whatever OTC medicines your health care provider has advised you to take. Both prescription and over-the-counter medicines help our bodies do their work. If you are prescribed medicines, you need to take them. If you are having a bad reaction to them, then you need to let your health care provider know so that you can be advised on what you should do.
Excerpted from The Buena Salud™ Guide to Diabetes and Your Life, by Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., M.S.
Copyright © 2011 Jane L. Delgado
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