I managed my diabetes type 2 for 16 years without medications, using a careful diet, exercise, and test strips as required. As I am on a disability pension because of a brain injury five years ago that prevents me from working, I don't have the money to pay for any extra supplies.
As of last year the BC government - as part of their program to cut taxes for the rich by cutting programs for the poor - limited access to test strips for people on disability like me. So I ran out in June and could not afford the $1 per strip cost on my disability pension.
The end result was I started getting a lot of symptoms like out of breath and leg pains and when I started checking my blood sugars again at the end of the year they were in the 250 or so range.
I really had no way of knowing how high my bgs were and this week I am having to see a specialist who will look at my breathing problems from the high BGs.
Anyhows, it could end up being a save some pennies spend big bucks thing for the government as I get further complications and require health care.