Staying on track with blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight
Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) has transformed diabetes self-management. You can know your glucose levels by performing a simple blood test, practically anywhere. SMBG reduces diabetes complications! Most insurance companies cover the testing supplies, providing you have a doctor's prescription. If you are interested in learning how to test your glucose, see your diabetes nurse educator.
The other components of monitoring involve blood pressure and lipids (cholesterol) levels. These two very important elements of diabetes management are often overlooked.
Visit these resources for key information on diabetes monitoring:
Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose
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As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...