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.
- NDEP | Getting Ready for Your Diabetes Care Visit (video) – Stay in charge of your diabetes by preparing for your health care visits
- Your Health Care Team – Information on the members of your diabetes care team and what they do, from the American Diabetes Association
- Get Ready for Your Doctor Visit (PDF) – Learn how to prepare for your diabetes visits and how to talk with your care team, from the Minnesota Diabetes & Heart Health Collaborative
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.
- Health Care and Coverage (Insurance) – A variety of MDH resources about health coverage options in Minnesota.
- Health Insurance – Health insurance updates, the insurance market place and insurance information for each state provided by the American Diabetes Association
- Medicare’s Coverage of Diabetes Supplies and Services (PDF) – What’s covered and not covered, tips for staying healthy and where to get more information
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.
- Prescription Assistance Programs – Information about drug discount and patient assistance programs from the American Diabetes Association
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.