Health Care Options for Diabetics

by Lyju Kuruvilla on  October 18, 2011 at 2:06 PM Health Insurance News   - G J E 4
Fundamentals of Diabetes
 Health Care Options for Diabetics
Health Care Options for Diabetics

Diabetes is a medical condition in which blood sugar levels are too high. Though an adequate amount of sugar in the blood is necessary, too much blood sugar is not good for one's health and excess of sugar in the blood is what is called diabetes. There are various types of diabetes such as Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, children and young adults are affected with the effects lasting for most of their lives and they require insulin shots in most cases. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes; it can occur at any age and can frequently be treated with medications and a good diet. The last type, gestational diabetes, occurs in pregnant women and usually disappears once the woman gives birth.

Health Risks for Diabetics

Having diabetes is a struggle that complicates the lives of nearly 21 million American children and adults. Most of these Americans are uninsured, significantly limiting their treatment options and leaving them at risk in the event of illness. You should be aware of the potential risks of being uninsured, if you have diabetes and are without a health coverage plan.

Diabetes can lead to a wide range of other illnesses like:

1. Kidney Failure
2. Blindness
3. Strokes
4. Heart Disease
5. Lower Limb Amputation
Diabetics Require Good Health Insurance

Health insurance provides a way for diabetics to control their diabetes through doctor's visits, insulin and/or medications and other important types of medical treatment necessary to treat their diabetes and accompanying medical issues. Since diabetes is a lifelong illness, medical care is therefore constant and health insurance is the best way to pay for these treatments.

Selecting a Good Health Insurance Plan

If you or one of your family member has diabetes, a few things to look for when choosing a health insurance plan to cover your medical needs are:-

a) Look for a policy which covers all possible treatment needs for the medical condition of diabetes.
b) Check to ensure that the health insurance plan covers treatments associated with accompanying medical conditions often associated with diabetes.
c) Consider pharmaceutical needs such as medications and insulin shots and find a health insurance plan which covers the costs associated with those prescriptions.

Source: Medindia

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