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Diabetes & Covid

  • Many resources are available to provide relief and ways to save on medication costs.

    • Insulinhelp.org
    • Prescription Help
    • NeedyMeds.org
    • You can compare pricing for your medications at pharmacies nearest you by visiting GoodRx.com.
    • Check with your insurance to see if mail order is available. This will minimize exposure with picking up medications at the pharmacy.
    • Check with your insurance company to see if you can get a 90-day supply instead of 30-days to minimize trips out into the community.
    • Safe Storage of Insulin
  • Telehealth is communicating with your healthcare team using electronic devices, such as a phone, computer, or tablet. During the COVID-19 pandemic it can be a way to get care while protecting yourself from the virus. Telehealth is a covered benefit for those with Medicare and Medicaid services. Many providers including diabetes care and education specialist can use telehealth to provide care. Contact your healthcare provider to see if they can provide services this way.

    Find your closest Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

  • Diabetes Sick Day Plan

    It's important to plan ahead for sick days or emergencies before they happen. If you get sick, your blood sugar can be harder to manage.

    Prepare before getting sick:

    • Talk to your doctor about vaccines you may need
    • Keep a few weeks supply of your diabetes medications on hand
    • Keep easy to fix foods in your home:  Stay Healthy While Staying Home 
    • Make-a-plan with your doctor

    If You Get Sick:

    • Be Prepared for Sick Days, COVID-19 and Diabetes 
    • Test your blood sugar more often, about every 4 hours and keep a log for your doctor
    • If your blood sugar is too low, below 70, or you feel symptoms, treat it:
    • Continue to take your insulin or diabetes pills to avoid high blood sugar
    • Drink extra calorie-free liquids, 4-6 ounces every half-hour.  Examples:
      • Water
      • Sugar free soda pop
      • Sugar free flavored waters (such as Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, etc.)
      • Sugar free sports drinks (such as Gatorade Zero, Powerade Zero, Propel Zero)
      • Caffeine free tea (hot or iced)
      • AVOID DRINKS CONTAINING CAFFEINE