I bet most folks gain at least 3 to 5 pounds during the holidays.  That small amount of weight will usually not throw you off the charts if you are trying to qualify for Medical Insurance.  Managing your weight and your health during the regular times of the year is challenging enough but during the holidays it can be very difficult.  For those with diabetes it’s even more difficult.  When a non-diabetic eats too many sweets they don’t think too much about it until they step on a scale. It’s a much different story for a diabetic.  It seems that too much sugar for a diabetic can be very dangerous. It can be so dangerous it could lead to the end of life for the diabetic.

Diabetes is usually managed with insulin.  Insulin comes in many different forms. Diabetics with Medical Insurance will get the insulin prescription filled using their Medical Insurance prescription plan.  They will also need testing supplies.  These supplies are also covered with Medical Insurance.  The reason why diabetics need insulin is because their bodies do not handle sugar the way it’s supposed to.  Mayo Clinic explains how insulin works in the body.  “The main job of insulin is to keep the level of sugar in the bloodstream within a normal range.  After you eat, carbohydrates break down into sugar and enter the bloodstream in the form of glucose, a sugar that serves as a primary source of energy. Normally the pancreas responds by producing insulin, which allows sugar to enter the tissues.”  Mayo goes on to say, “After you eat – when insulin levels are high – excess glucose is stored in the liver in the form of glycogen.  Between meals – when insulin levels are low – the live releases glycogen into the bloodstream in the form of sugar.  This keeps blood sugar levels within a narrow range.  If your pancreas secretes little or no insulin (type 1 diabetes) or your body produces too little insulin or has become resistant to insulin’s action (type 2 diabetes), the level of sugar in your bloodstream increases.  This is because it’s unable to enter cells.  Left untreated, high blood sugar can lead to complications such as blindness, nerve damage (neuropathy) and kidney damage.”

If you have diabetes it is very important to your health to have continuous Medical Insurance coverage.  If you have group Medical Insurance and lose your job your choices are very limited.  You can either (A) get another job that offers group Medical Insurance or (B) move your Medical Insurance to COBRA which is an extension of your group Medical Insurance.  COBRA will be about twice as expensive as group Medical Insurance.  Or (C) call us at Insurance Medics and we have a solution for you.

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