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  •  I've been meaning to check walmart for insulin. (4+ / 0-)

    Now I will.

    •  I found that Walgreens (0+ / 0-)

      was cheaper for my kind of insulin. But Walmart for the strips.

      I am private pay (translation: no insurance) and have to shop around for things.

      I also found that the best thing to help me control my blood sugar were strength training exercises ... just some barbells and some squats.  Wlking helps for my cardio but does not do as much for my blood sugar.  I guess everyone s different and needs to experiment to see what works.

      ONe more year and I will qualify for Medicare ... unless it gets screwed up and, with my luck, who knows what will happen.

      "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Liberty without thought is like a disturbed spirit." Kahlil Gibran, 'The Vision'

      by CorinaR on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 08:28:58 AM PST

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    •  my precious tee (my samoyed) was on insulin and (0+ / 0-)

      walmart is the only reason we weren't financially devasted by it.

      the novolin r and novolin n are both $24.99 and the needles (100 pack) are about $15.  tester is $9 and the strips can be as little as $9 for 20, $19 for 50 and $39 for 100.

      you don't need a prescription, so that cuts out having to go to the doctor JUST to get the meds refilled.

      i dislike walmart's treatment of its workers so i didn't shop for anything else - just straight to the pharmacy and out again.  they helped me keep tee for 3 years longer than i expected to - especially after the prescribed dog insulin was defective and didn't control his sugars (the formula was finally changed, but for anyone with a dog on insulin, i'd still talk to the vet - human insulin is under fda control, animal insulin isn't!)

      one more thing:  eat PUMPKIN!  pureed pumpkin helps regulate blood sugar - it's a slow digesting fiber that is awesome.  canned libby's or, if you have a grocery outlet, the chinese pureed pumpkin - black can with orange pumpkin - is cheaper ($1.99 vs $4.99).  what i did was stock up heavily after thanksgiving and each holiday for the big cans when they went on sale for half off at major grocery stores.  3/4 cup with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg stirred in and eaten warm tasted like pumpkin pie without the sugar. you can add stevia and get the full pie effect or just eat the pumpkin as a side dish.

      also, after the holidays, many grocers have fresh sugar pumpkins left in produce and will sell them cheaper, too.  they will keep for a long time as a pumpkin - when ready, cut them in half, remove the seeds (you can bake those, too, on a cookie sheet) and place the pumpkin face down on a rack and bake on low until they are done.  absolutely delicious beyond measure!

      pumpkin really is a miracle food for diabetics!        

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