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From Indianapolis, Indiana, USA:

My brother is a recently diagnosed insulin dependent diabetic. He has not been able to get his blood sugar under control -- at original diagnosis it was 600 (four months ago) and is now bouncing around at 200. The doctor he has been seeing as an outpatient now has him on 20 units of insulin twice daily.

The problem centers around the fact that he isn't getting complete care because he doesn't have insurance. Are there any options we can look into to get him covered or any centers that would treat him without it? He is 5'9" and only weighs 120 lbs, and we are getting worried about him not being stabilized.

Answer:

It seems as though your brother may have had diabetes for some time before he finally went to the doctor. At all events he needs care by a diabetic team rather than a single physician: this means a nurse educator, a nutritionist, a social worker and an ophthalmologist, all working with the doctor. Possibilities in Indianapolis would be to enquire at the local office of the American Diabetes Association. Or you might contact the Eli Lilly Company, which is a major manufacturer of insulin and who might arrange to incorporate your brother into one of their research protocols. Finally the City Hospital may have an excellent and comprehensive program.

On the insurance issue, he should contact SSI (Social Security) to see if he is eligible for Medicaid or any other support program.

DO'B

Original posting 2 Nov 96

  
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