The importance of monitoring blood sugar levels cannot be undermined by people who suffer from diabetes. The best and the easiest option for monitoring glucose levels is through a glucometer or a glucose meter.
These glucose meters can be bought for a very low price, although the testing strips can prove to be quite expensive. Every-time you test your sugar levels you will be using a strip, and if you end up testing your blood several times a day, it can prove to be expensive.
Your health insurance can help you get a free glucose meter and these strips. Newly placed laws state that health insurance companies have to cover the treatment of diabetes. Your medicare policy will normally cover up-to 80% of your supplies, which include getting a free glucose meter, testing strips and batteries.
Several companies offer free meters and other diabetic supplies to insurance policy holders. If a diabetic does not currently have any insurance policy and is low on funds, then he can apply for a free glucose meter through the financial assistance hardship program.
3 ways you can get a free glucose meter are:
1. By visiting online mail order companies that supply free glucose meters to medicare or policy holders. You will just have to fill a form available on there website and they will ship the glucose meter and other supplies totally free. You may need to enter certain details like your insurance policy number and your doctors name. Basically there is a requirement for a prescription,before you can receive a free glucose meter.
2. The second method is by going to a pharmacy which is currently offering free glucose meters. There are some pharmacies which will have certain offers like-you will get a free glucose meter provided you purchase testing strips from them. Also you do not need a policy to get a free meter from a pharmacy.
3. The third and last method is to get such a meter directly from the manufacturer. Here also you will not be required to have a policy to receive a free meter.
In the end it would be easier for you to contact your health insurance provider, and ask them on advice on how to get a free glucose meter.
Quick Tip #1
Recent research has suggested that caffeine may be responsible of elevating blood sugar levels, especially after meals. Please consult your doctor on what you can have and what you cannot.
Quick Tip #2
People who have type 2 diabetes should get involved in an exercise regimen. Exercising has also been know to help diabetic patients get rid of there medications.