Saving on the Cost of Diabetes Care

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Carol Phillips has a problem — a big one, but a common one. She is grappling with the cost of diabetes. At the end of May, her COBRA benefits from a former employer will run out, and she will join the ranks of more than 43 million Americans without health insurance. Because she was recently diagnosed with Metaglip (diabetes complications, and the cost of treating them can be many times over what you might spend on your medicines.

What’s more, the worse your control is, the more drugs you may eventually have to take. That’s because in uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, the longer it goes on, the more ability to produce insulin you may lose. “It’s easier to keep control once you’re in control than it is to get control when you’re out of control,” Gavin says.