If you or your loved one are one of the millions of Americans living with a chronic disease like diabetes while struggling to pay for costly insulin and assorted medications—you’re not alone. Simplefill Prescription Assistance can provide valuable diabetes help by assisting with Lantus, Humalog or Novolog and additional types of insulin. We help hundreds of diabetes patients receive the diabetes insulin assistance they need so they can focus on living well. We also advocate on our patients’ behalf through grant services, communicating with doctors, filling prescriptions, and keeping up to date on the changes to Medicare and Medicaid.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is split into different types: type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes, typically called juvenile diabetes, effects mostly children and young adults. As you eat, your pancreas breaks down the sugar and starches in food and converts them into energy with the help of a hormone called insulin.
Everything we do requires energy—from waking up in the morning to brushing our teeth to even just simply blinking. In type 1 diabetes patients, their bodies don’t produce insulin. In order to live healthfully, type 1 diabetes patients must take insulin to give their pancreas the hormone it needs to break down food properly. Through insulin injections, exercise and a balanced diet, type 1 diabetes patients can live long, full lives.
In type 2 diabetes patients, insulin is produced, but patients’ bodies cannot keep up with the demand. The excess sugar, instead of being converted into energy, becomes free floating in the blood stream. There are numerous causes for this including genetics, weight, cell communication problems and more. Part of managing type 2 diabetes for most patients involves much of the same recommendations for type 1 patients—a healthy diet, exercise, enough sleep, and proper medication management.
For diabetes patients who cannot afford their diabetes medications, an entire new problem exists—how to pay for diabetes medication?
How Do Types of Diabetes Medication Work?
Everyone’s body is different. Thankfully, insulin comes in many different forms and can either work fast in the body when necessary—or work slowly over time to maintain blood sugar levels.
How old you are, how often you check your blood sugar, how willing you are to give yourself injections and your lifestyle choices all factor in to how your doctor prescribes insulin.
Rapid acting insulin is taken at mealtime to manage the blood sugar spikes that can occur during meals. It starts to lower blood glucose after about 15 minutes and peaks 30 to 90 minutes after injection. Diabetes patients can count on it to lower glucose levels for 3 to 5 hours. Some of the most popular rapid acting insulin types include apidra, humalog, andnovolog.
Short acting insulin provides flexibility around mealtime, since it lasts through both breakfast and lunch, or lunch and dinner. It typically starts acting 30 minutes after injection. After peaking within 2 to 3 hours, it will function for 3 to 6 hours. Humulin r and novolin r are the most popular types of short acting insulin.
Intermediate acting insulin manages your blood sugar levels as they fluctuate overnight. It will reach your bloodstream about 2 to 4 hours after injection. You can count on it to peak within 8 hours, where it will last for 12 to 18 hours. The most common types of intermediate acting insulin are Humulin n and novolin n.
Long acting insulin takes about an hour to reach the bloodstream and will moderate your glucose levels for up to 24 hours. There is no peak. Instead, it steadily lowers blood sugar levels throughout its duration. Lantus andlevemir are two types of long acting insulin.
What Insulin Medication Assistance Does Simplefill Provide?
We provide insulin assistance for many of our uninsured and under-insured patients. Some of the most common types we offer are Lantus prescription assistance, Novolog prescription assistance and Humalog prescription assistance. There are many more types of insulin and medications that we help our patients receive, but these insulin types are the most requested.
Finding diabetes and insulin medication help is challenging if you are unfamiliar with the industry, but we strongly believe we have found a simple solution to a complex problem. Simplefill provides a human touch with a dedicated team who is there to answer your phone calls and help you get the medication you need.
How to Get Diabetes Prescription Assistance From Simplefill?
We take advantage of available pharmaceutical companies’ prescription assistance programs and apply on our patients’ behalf. We manage all the assorted paperwork, phone calls and red tape required so our patients can focus on living well. We examine each application individually and provide diabetes help for patients who qualify.