I know from personal experience that receiving the news that you have diabetes is upsetting, but the good news is with the proper diet and (in some cases) medication, you can manage the disease. Another downfall, though, is the cost of diabetic supplies, needed services such as eye exams and other things for diabetics can be costly. Unfortunately, it's one of those costs we can't cut from our budgets, because managing the diabetes is a necessity in order to keep our limbs and eyesight, as well as continue living.
Although we can't eliminate this expense from our budgets, luckily there are a few diabetic freebies out there that can at least offer us some savings. Let's begin with the supplies that we need to help us manage the diabetes.
Free Diabetic Supplies
Blink Health is offering diabetics a free Accu-Chek Guide glucose meter. If you're a diabetic with or without insurance, you'll qualify for this free diabetic meter from Blink Health. To get this diabetic freebie, you must register to be a Blink Health member. If you don't already have a Blink Health account, registration is free.
Sign up to get a FreeStyle blood glucose meter from Abbott. Just enter your information in the form. The free meter does NOT come via postal mail. Instead, you'll receive a voucher to redeem at a participating pharmacy near you.
In addition to the free blood glucose meter from Abbott, you can also get free replacement batteries for FreeStyle blood glucose meters.
Diabetics who receive Medicare can request a FreeStyle meter from Xubex. You may also qualify to get free diabetic strips and lancets.
You'll be required to enter your physician information for these diabetic freebies.
Diabetics who live in Northern Nevada and have low income can get free diabetic supplies every month from the CARE Chest Diabetic Supplies program. The diabetic supplies include blood glucose monitors, syringes, lancets and test strips.
Are you a diabetic who resides in Canada? If so, you can request a free sample pack of BD Nano 4mm pen needles. The pack includes five needles.
Free Diabetic Services
If you're uninsured and not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years, EyeCare America has a program that offers a free glaucoma eye exam. Keep in mind, they won't write prescriptions for glasses or cover the cost of eyeglasses.
The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics has 1,200 medical clinics across the United States. These clinics offer free healthcare to those who may not have health insurance and/or are low income. You can do a quick search on their website to see if there's a clinic near you. Just enter your city and state in the address field. Then select the number of miles you willing to travel to receive free healthcare.
OneSight Vision Care Clinics provides free eye exams and glasses to adult and children worldwide. To learn more about them and get additional information, visit the OneSight website.
If you have no insurance at all and are low income, you can receive free basic eye exams through The AOA Foundation's Vision USA program. You'll have to apply through a local social service agency. To search for a social service agency near you, learn more about the program and read the eligibility guidelines, visit The AOA Foundation.
Other Diabetic Freebies
If you're ever in an emergency situation where you're unconscious or unable to speak, the free diabetes alert necklace from the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation could save your life. Well, it's not actually free, so to speak. The only cost is a self addressed stamped envelope, but that's not much when it comes to something that could save your life, right?
Part of being a diabetic is giving up sugar and replacing it with sweeteners. When it comes to choosing a sweetener you like, sometimes that can take a little time as you try out different brands. If you're still looking for a brand or would just like to sample a new one, Truvia is giving away two free single-serve packets of their natural sweetener, along with a $1.00-off coupon for any of their products. Or you can also choose to receive just a $2.00-off coupon for any Truvia product.
Sadly, children can get diabetes too. If your child has Type 1 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association would like to give you their free Courage-Wisdom-Hope Kit for children, to help you and your child.
Finally, you can also get a free subscription to the Diabetic Living and Diabetes Self-Management magazines. These magazines offer helpful information for diabetics, diabetic-friendly recipes and more.
I hope this list of diabetic freebies helps you get the things you can't afford so you can manage your diabetes. I'll keep watching for more free diabetic supplies, services and products, and when I come across them, I'll update this article.
If you know of any diabetic freebies that aren't mentioned above, please share them in the comments area.
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