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NHF Diabetic Programme

WHAT THE NHF DOES FOR DIABETICS? 

NHF card Beneficiaries are entitled to Diabetic supplies (e.g. glucometer test strips, syringes, lancets and urine test strips) once they have received diabetic benefits. NHF negotiated with manufacturer/distributors to offer free glucometers to NHF beneficiaries who are covered for diabetes. If you are a diabetic and you are a member of the NHF, you will be subsidized for four (4) A1C tests annually. Non-diabetics are allowed one (1) test per year.

HOW TO ACCESS  A FREE GLUCOMETER, LANCETS & SYRINGES? - CLICK HERE

 A1C TEST - HOW IT IS DONE? - CLICK HERE

TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE

  • Discuss with your doctor your blood sugar goals for A1C tests and self-monitoring glucose tests.
  • Check your blood glucose as often as needed and discuss the results with your doctor.
  • Eat the right foods in the right amounts.
  • Get regular physical activity as advised by your doctor.
  • Check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and know what their goals should be.

THE IMPORTANCE FOR TESTING BLOOD SUGAR

Taking care of your diabetes can make you feel better and stay healthy. Lowering your blood sugar by any amount lessens your chances of developing diabetes complication such as eye, kidney and nerve diseases.

To control your diabetes, you must know your blood sugar levels and target goals. There are two different tests to measure your blood sugar – the A1 C test and a finger-stick test. You need both tests to get a picture of your blood sugar control.

WHAT IS A FINGER-STICK TEST

A finger-stick test involves pricking the finger with a lancet and placing a drop of blood into a blood glucose meter. Unlike the A1C test, which measures glucose control over time, a finger-stick measures your blood sugar level at the time of the test.

Your blood sugar goals may be different from the ideal goals. Ask your doctor what goals are best for Finger-stick tests are usually done before meals, 2 hours after a meal and/or at bedtime.