Treatment options for diabetics are better today than ever due to modern medical equipment and technology. Diabetic patients are now able to monitor their own blood glucose levels and self-administer insulin treatments. Medical professionals collectively agree that self-monitoring, is an extremely important aspect when dealing with diabetic maintenance. Traditionally, a diabetic patient, who self-monitors the disease, does so by pricking their finger and putting a blood drop on a strip that is inserted into a portable glucose device that measures blood sugar levels. Newer portable glucose machines offer patients the option to take blood samples from a variety of areas such as: the thumb, arm, or thigh.
Additionally, insulin pumps have also made technological advances in the medical equipment industry over the past twenty-five years. Today, one major advantage is that an internal computer allows the device to be programmed to dispense the precise dose of insulin, required for the patient. Furthermore, insulin pumps are more compact and portable and they can easily and discreetly be worn under clothing. They can easily be disconnected and reconnected by the patient, as needed, for activities such as bathing or swimming. Newer insulin pumps also have implemented safety features than run safety checks and ensure that the insulin is consistently being transmitted properly. Alarms are installed in the devices to alert users of any problems, such as errors in program settings or insulin flow blockage so that the medication is not able to be administered incorrectly.
Diabetic medical equipment is typically referenced as “durable medical equipment” by the majority of insurance companies and is therefore covered at little or no cost to the patient. It is important to acknowledge that insulin pumps do not absolve patients from continuing to take blood samples to check glucose levels. However, this newer crop of diabetic medical equipment allows diabetics to manage their conditions even with busy schedules, dietary changes, or changes in their activity levels.
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