No matter if you’re newly diagnosed or have dealt with diabetes for a lengthy time, managing it is stressful. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you have all the necessary items in the event of a diabetic emergency.
Here are a few must-haves you should always have with you. Whether you’re new to managing your diabetes or helping an older adult with it, you’ll always be prepared.
A Well-Stocked Glucose Kit
Managing your glucose levels is imperative when you have diabetes. Here are some necessary items you should have as part of your home medical equipment. For people with diabetes, blood sugar levels that are too high or too low are potentially dangerous.
- Glucose strips
- A monitor for quick testing. (they also can give feedback on your daily readings)
- A case to carry pen needles and swabs if you’re using insulin
- Liquid kits to ensure you have accurate readings
If You Are Using Insulin
You’ll want to obtain the right number of needles and syringes if you’re using insulin. If you are purchasing more insulin than you need, it can be stored in the refrigerator for later use. However, once you bring out insulin to use, discard it if it’s been out at room temperature for more than 30 days. Here’s a breakdown of everything you should have if you are using insulin.
- Insulin, needles, and syringes
- Glucagon kits
- Glucose tablets and/or gels
- Containers for proper discarding of needles
Other Items To Consider
You should also have food items if you have a drop in sugar level. Also, have a good supply of healthy snacks between meals and make sure have proper hydration. Managing diabetes isn’t impossible, and you’ll avoid any hiccups when you’re prepared with these necessary items daily. Be proactive in managing your diabetes to live life with less worry.