Tell us about your experiences with weight management. Take our survey!

caret icon Back to all discussions

Were the financial costs of type 2 diabetes surprising to you?

Managing type 2 diabetes can be expensive. Treatment, testing supplies, doctor's appointments, food, exercise equipment, and more can add up. Were the costs of diabetes management what you expected? Why or why not? Do you have any advice for people having difficulties managing financial costs? Please share with us!

  1. This has been an eye opener... the price of testing stripes is insane...

    1. – thanks for chiming in! Yes, testing strips can be very costly, especially depending on how many you may use in a day. It certainly adds up. I know some people with insurance mention that theirs doesn't cover enough strips for how often they test. Some people in the community will use generic brands of strips to cut down on costs. How often do you usually test? Best, Minel (Team Member)

    2. I agree so much with this. It is weird how this is happening.

  2. 3-4 times daily

    1. I know some people with insurance mention that theirs doesn't cover enough strips for how often they test.

      1. my insurance only covers 200 a year, that’s insane, I test 2 to 4 times a day, would never be able to test as much as the diabetes classes say to. They say test when you get up in the morning, and before and two hours after eating, that would be seven times a day. That’s a lot of testing and money. Considering I eat breakfast lunch and dinner okay that’s 6 times a day had to add that up again. Still the strips cost me $ 60 something when my husbands health benifits don’t pay for it and with my needles it’s 70 something. I’m sure it’s more in the US but I heard there are coupons you can use in the US.

      2. Hello , Yes, we do have coupons here in the US. My husband and I both used them. We still have to pay $800 a month out of pocket. This is very reasonable considering what the amount started with. It is very challenging I must say. I was able to get off of my medication for a few months, but back on it again. You take care. Diane (Team Member)

    2. I agree with everyone here. I had no idea and even with insurance and Goodrx it remains costly to stay healthy.

      Please read our rules before posting.