Hurricanes Affect Access to Diabetic Supplies

According to Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is growing rapidly; and at a startling rate in the State of Texas, especially in Greater Houston. Also dubbed as “the fattest city of the United States”, Greater Houston is soaring in the number of cases for diabetes. Statistics show that diabetic rate in Montgomery County, Houston, grew to nearly 10.4% in 2012, which is a 3.6% increase from the figure that was recorded in 2004. The purpose of sharing these alarming statistics is that diabetes is a serious issue in this state and, unfortunately, after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the state, the problem has become even worse.

Hurricane Harvey has been identified by the US Government as the most expensive natural disaster in US history. It cost the state nearly $180 billion. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma together wreaked havoc across Texas. As the flood-levels rose and became uncontrollable, it damaged the infrastructure and homes. Residents had to evacuate and relocate—unplanned and unprepared. Some people with diabetes had limited diabetic supplies such as insulin, test strips and syringes. Others left their homes with zero preparation.

A lack of diabetic supplies is extremely dangerous for those with diabetes. Here’s why:

Failure to check and maintain proper blood sugar levels can increase or decrease the glucose level in the body. And this can lead to problems like hypoglycemia, and hyperglycemia. It can further be affect the body by damaging the blood vessels and increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, nerve and vision problems.

Due to massive flooding across the State, it was practically impossible to supply proper diabetic supplies and care to patients in need. To address the issue, several relief organizations like FEMA, the Red Cross, the JDRF and ADA joined hands to help people with diabetes, who have been affected by this crisis badly, in getting access to diabetic supplies like insulin and test strips. These organizations are striving hard and relentlessly to provide diabetic supplies to make sure those with diabetes can check and maintain their blood sugar levels and stay in good health even during the emergency crisis caused by the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Likewise, Glucomart is also playing its role in helping diabetic patients residing in Texas maintain their blood sugar levels. Glucomart has donated diabetic supplies to affected individuals. Glucomart also offers patients the power to shop for their diabetic supplies online. Simply place your order and you’ll get your diabetic supplies delivered to your desired location.

Glucomart will continue to accept donations of diabetic supplies to distribute to areas affected by the recent hurricanes.

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