Prevention and Control Living with Diabetes

Prevention & Control
Living with Diabetes

Living with diabetes can be hard. It can touch every part of your life. The good news is that there are many resources and experts available to help you live well with diabetes.

Learn more about living with and managing diabetes with the following resources.

  • Managing Diabetes – The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases provides the ABCs of diabetes, how to manage the disease and how routine care can help you avoid problems
  • Living with Diabetes – Complications, treatment, information and programs for living with diabetes from the American Diabetes Association
  • Diabetes in Older People – Information from the National Institute on Aging, including the basics of diabetes and prediabetes, including symptoms and tests for diabetes, and how Medicare can help
  • Diabetes Management – MDH information on diabetes including symptoms, risk factors and where to find self-care programs in your area

Talking with your doctor

Getting ready for your diabetes visit is a good way to get the most from the short time you have with your health care team. Being prepared will help you in making decisions with your doctor so can you get a diabetes care plan that really works for you. Remember, you are the most important member of your diabetes care team.

A number of trusted organizations have provided resources that can help you prepare for visits with your doctor.

Insurance

In Minnesota, most health insurance plans, Medicaid and Medicare will cover your prescription medications, diabetes supplies and equipment, and self-management education. You may have copays or deductibles. Check with your health insurance company for details.

MDH and other organizations have provided helpful information on insurance, and what is or is not covered.

Help with prescription medications

The cost of diabetes prescription medications and insulin has risen sharply in recent years. If you are finding it hard to pay for your medications or insulin, talk to your doctor. Never cut back or stop taking your medication. There may be less expensive options, and there are now many discount programs.

The American Diabetes Association has helpful information on prescription medications.

Help for caregivers

Caregivers are family members and friends who provide help and support to a person with diabetes. Too often, caregivers are not given the information, education and tools they need to provide the right support.

The following are resources that can help caregivers.