Dealing with diabetes is difficult, and when one cannot find affordable supplies – it becomes difficult to stay compliant with monitoring and puts one at risk for hospital admissions.
Diabetes is a metabolic disease of the endocrine system. There are two main types of diabetes, type I and type II diabetics. Type I diabetics are insulin dependent diabetics and are often diagnosed at a young age – this type is often referred to as juvenile diabetes, but suffers have been diagnosed at any age. These individual’s pancreas do not produce insulin so they must supply their own insulin. Specifically, Type I Diabetics are missing the Beta Cells on their Islets of Langerhans on their pancreas – but what you need to take away is that the pancreas is not performing the duty that it needs to. Type I Diabetics have to inject themselves with insulin so that the glucose in their blood can be absorbed by their liver, skeletal muscles and fatty tissues (storage).
Type II diabetics occur when cells become resistant to insulin. The pancreas performs its selected duty and there is insulin available in the blood stream, but the cells of the liver, skeletal muscles, etc fail to absorb it. This type of diabetes was offended referred to as non-insulin dependent diabetes or as adult diabetes. Recent studies have indicated that this type can affect any one at any age. Both types of diabetes are now known as either Type I or Type II diabetes. Type II diabetics often can control their condition with oral-antihyperglycemic medication such as Actos, Metformin, and Glyburide to name a few examples. This type of diabetes can progress further in which the pancreas starts to lag on its insulin production, leading to the need to use supplemental insulin.
Newly diagnosed diabetics often feel very overwhelmed by having to monitor their blood glucose (blood sugar) level – Type I diabetics more so then Type II diabetics. Type II diabetics are often instructed to check their blood glucose once to twice daily and take their oral medications as prescribed, but Type I diabetics need to check their blood glucose frequently and before each meal. They then need to know how much insulin to administer based on their glucose level and the projected amount of sugars and carbohydrates they are going to consume at that meal. Self monitoring, administration of medication, and diet alterations are very overwhelming to both types of diabetics, so they are often referred to out-patient classes from the Hospital Diabetic Educator. These classes provide teaching on where and how insulin can be administered, what to do when the blood glucose level gets too high or too low, and also a lot of education on eating well and cooking for diabetics.
To help you along your path, Medicalgoods.com carries a wide variety of glucose monitors, glucose testing strips, lancets, oral glucose supplements, insulin syringes, and pump accessories. If you do not find what you are looking for, always feel free to contact us via phone or email and we will be sure to help you out and try to alleviate your concerns.