There are a few more pluses and minuses to consider; one being the cost, because:
- The client will have to see their health care team more often.
- The insulin pumps cost thousands of dollars and the pump supplies run between $60 to $80 per month.
- When the client selects multiple injection therapy, it is cheaper, but the client will still need to utilize more test strips and syringes with this method.
Everything discussed so far was based on research that the DCCT (Diabetes Control and Complications Trial) studied about Type 1 Diabetes (acquired as a child); nothing about Type 2 (acquired as an adult). That is not saying that Tight Control will not be just as beneficial for those individuals with Type 2.
When a client is a Type 2 diabetic, it does not necessarily mean that they have to take insulin. In fact, many Type 2 diabetics don’t even take insulin. So, the question is how you can help them to achieve Tight Control without insulin?
There are several ways to handle Tight Control if you are Type 2. Tomorrow we will discuss those particular ways and how to go about them with your client.
It is very important to get a handle on what you have to do as a caretaker because With Age Comes Respect.