New diabetes diagnosis

By Traci67 Latest Reply 2011-03-29 06:12:33 -0500
Started 2011-03-28 05:08:28 -0500

Hi all !! about 3 years ago my doctor told me I have type 2 diabetes. It runs in my family and I am over weight so I was not surprised at all. At the time I had health insurance so was making frequent trips to doctor where he would test my sugar and he put me on Metformin. Two years ago I was laid off and lost my health insurance. I am still unemployed and stopped taking Metformin 2 years ago. I no longer had a prescription and could not afford lab and doctor visit. I asked my doctor about a tester and he said it was necessary at the moment…not sure what that is about. Anyway…I signed up for this site hoping I qualify for a tester. Still not able to afford medication soooo are there foods that work with my body to help lower blood sugar as well as my blood pressure issues? I am not a sweets kind of girl so that is not an issue but I am addicted to Coca-cola =( I have tried to stop drinking it but it is way tough. City water in Kansas City taste so nasty and I can not afford bottled water. If anyone has food suggestions for me please let me know. I am moving over to a vegan life. I am finding it is not as expensive as I thought it was so hoping that will help. I appreciate any suggestions. Even though I found out about this 3 years ago I really feel like I am brand new to the disease. I do not see an end to my unemployment so I need to get a control on it right away. I have tried for state insurance and was denied =( Thank you soooo much!!!!

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mama dunf
mama dunf 2011-03-29 06:12:33 -0500 Report

Alot of doctors have the meters to give for free. Also, check with your county health department. Also, check with your area for a diabetic clinic. We have one close to me thru the local university. They do research and clincial trials there. Also, in my area Giant Eagle has free metformin rx. Check to see if any of your area stores have that or Walmart has it for $4 a month. Hope this helps you.

Hopieland 2011-03-28 19:11:01 -0500 Report

Come to think of it, I have a whopping supply of lancets and pens someone gave me a few months ago. They're still good. I'd be happy to UPS them to you. I'm not sure how you could get a mailing address to me without publishing it, but if someone reads this and knows how… let me know. That is if you want these. I think I still have Free Style meter, too. If I can get them to you, you can call the toll-free ph.# on back of the meter and they'll send you whatever you need to get it coded to work. Let me know.

jayabee52 2011-03-28 20:21:06 -0500 Report

You can ask to be her friend or she can ask you. Once the other person accepts you can use the DC email system to exchange contact information out of sight of anyone else.

That's why I like to invite everyone I see to be my friend, so I can "talk" to them privately.

Hopieland 2011-03-28 19:04:17 -0500 Report

Hi. You might try visiting and see if you can get a free meter and supplies from them. When I ran out of test strips recently I contacted them. The sent me 20 strips and 4 drums for my lance pen. I like their pen. I test on the palm of my hand near my thumb. I don't feel it at all. You can adjust the depth of the needle easily and the meter is easy to use. Most manufacturers will provide supplies if you ask. I go to a small clinic here. They have given me two Free Style starter kits along the way absolutely free. Also, offers supplies far cheaper than in-store. My strips cost $60 for 50 strips in-store but I can get them on-line for $14.00 I don't use credit cards, so I buy a WalMart $20 card when I need one. I buy the drums at Raley's for about $17 for 100! I didn't have any med ins for years. I do now, but I've had to find low cost everything for so long… Also, you'll find this site very friendly, warm and caring. I've learned a lot here. Many things MD world doesn't tell you and info the non-D world doesn't know.

Harlen 2011-03-28 10:40:48 -0500 Report

You can get a tester at walmart and the test strips they are very low cost
you can now get met from them too at low cost
I to need my pop but cutting back even now the first thing I had to do was stop drinking the REAL thing lol and switch to diet that was a year long fight now I cant even drink the real thing its nasty NOW lol lol
We can do anything that we set out to do.
Reaply to the state they always sey no the first time
Best wishes

Traci67 2011-03-28 18:39:35 -0500 Report

Thanks much Harlen…I have priced the testers and it just isn't in the budget. Thanks again !

Harlen 2011-03-28 19:23:03 -0500 Report

20.00 a 100 I just cant see how it can get cheeper ? for test strips if my ins didnt cover so much of my strips I would buy them there.

jayabee52 2011-03-28 18:52:12 -0500 Report

Which meters/strips did you price? The ones at Wal-mart, or some fancier meters?

I would recommend you find it in your budget because not tracking and trying to control your Blood glucose numbers ("BG#s") may set you up for some Nasty complications down the road!

realsis77 2011-03-28 10:40:28 -0500 Report

Hi. What helped me ws the glycemic index. You can look it up online and find out exactly what foods are good and LOW on the index. You can even type in a food and it will tell you where its at on the index! Keep the carbs as low as poossiable and the index should help you with that too! I wish you the very best! Welcome to our community! Keep us posted on how your doing ok? God bless!