Novo Nordisk is offering a free 90-day supply of insulin to those who have lost health insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic AND has expanded their patient assistance program for discounted insulin. Ask your endocrinologist for more information to see if you may qualify.
Diabetes and Covid-19: What you need to know and tips on
During a time of uncertainty, it’s easy to get stressed or
panicked. Our practice stands by our philosophy that knowledge is power; the
more informed you are, the better chances of a good outcome. Our goal is to
propagate safety and minimize fear during this difficult time.
Here’s what we know about the connection of Covid-19 and
People may be infected with the virus up to two
weeks before developing symptoms.
The most common symptoms are fever, fatigue,
Most people recover from the virus, but the
disease can be more dangerous to those who have chronic conditions such as
This is especially true with pre-existing complications
secondary to uncontrolled Diabetes, which could mean increased risk of
infection and difficulty with healing due to poor circulation.
If Diabetes is well managed, your risk of
getting severely sick from Covid-19 is about the same as the general
Here’s what you can do to reduce your risk:
Follow government and state guidelines for
dealing with Covid-19.
Do your part by staying home, wash hands, avoid
touching your face, sneeze in tissues or your elbow, and sanitize commonly used
Practice social distancing and minimize contact
your appointments by scheduling virtual visits! We are now offering
telemedicine appointments with a simple click of a button. You can join the
virtual appointment by clicking on the link sent to you via email or text. For
those of you with upcoming appointments, if you don’t hear from us first, give
us a call to change the visit to a virtual meeting.
Make sure you maintain a stockpile of oral
medications and/or insulin and keep these properly stored.
Also keep enough inventory of testing supplies
(test strips, lancets), ketone strips, alcohol wipes, glucose tablets and/or
sugar-containing fluids such as juice for low blood sugars.
You may want to ask for 90-day prescriptions
with refills versus the typical 30-day prescription.
Ask your insurance if they contract with mail
order pharmacies to reduce need to leave the house.
If you’re having difficulty affording your
medication, investigate patient assistance programs and resources such as
InsulinHelp.org. If you’re running low on insulin and/or can’t afford insulin,
don’t go without it. Wal-Mart has mealtime and 24-hour insulin that doesn’t
require a prescription, just ask your provider.
Keep a stock of broth, jello, electrolyte
drinks, canned or frozen foods in the event of acute illness.
Monitor your blood sugars regularly and send in
your blood sugar data to your provider for adjustment of your medications.
Aim for 3 balanced meals per day with lean
protein such as beans, chicken, fish, nuts/seeds, complex carbs (whole wheat
pasta, baked potato, peas), and many vegetables. Stay hydrated with water.
Limit high carb snacks, chips, dessert and
beverages and fried foods.
Engage in “joyful movement” most days of the
week (30 minutes of moderate activity 5 times per week at minimum). Think about
what activities you enjoy: walking, aerobics, biking and stick to it!
Practice self-care in order to manage stress and
improve mental health. Be intentional about finding ways to relax whether it’s
reading a new book, practicing a new skill, or simply listening to calming
We can’t change the fact that this pandemic has impacted the
world. What we can change is the extent to which we inform ourselves and make
choices that improve our wellbeing. Stay informed, calm, safe, and healthy and
we hope to hear from you soon!
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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations for physical distancing by the CDC, we have created the option for virtual or electronic appointments for our patients. This may particularly be of interest for patients who are at high risk for contraction of the virus (people who are over the age of 60, have diabetes, are immunosuppressed, etc.)
If you would like to arrange a virtual appointment with any of our providers, please call our front desk. We will assess the need for labs and in-person visits on a case-by-case basis.
We wish you good mental and physical health during this difficult time. We are here to help you!
Diabetes and Endocrinology Associates has resumed full operations. We are following usual business hours (7:30 am to 4:30 pm) at both Decatur and Conyers locations and are primarily seeing patients in-person.
-If you have interest in converting to telemedicine, please call our office to speak with a scheduler. Depending on your insurance plan, we may be able to convert to a virtual visit. You must have internet access and video capabilities for this option.
-Our lab is back to full operations as well. We encourage patients to schedule a lab appointment in advance of their appointment.
-All patients are required to wear masks throughout their stay in the office building. Patients must partake in temperature checks and a screening questionnaire.
-We request that all patients are forthcoming about any COVID-19 symptoms prior to arrival.
The health of our patients and staff is our priority. We are adhering to guidelines to provide you the highest standard of care while maintaining a safe and secure environment.