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In light of growing world tensions and concerns about the bird flu, are you stockpiling additional diabetes supplies?


Yes, less than one month's worth






Yes, between one and three month's worth






Yes, between three and six month's worth






Yes, more than six month's worth






No, I'm not concerned






No, I can't afford it






I haven't decided yet












Total votes: 393


In light of growing world tensions and concerns about the bird flu, are you stockpiling additional diabetes supplies?

Poll dates: May 14 - 21, 2006
Total Votes: 393

Everyone living with type 1 diabetes requires an uninterrupted supply of insulin, injection supplies, and monitoring supplies to maintain good health. Any number of things can cause problems getting these supplies, including summer storms that knock out power, hurricanes, and blizzards just to name a few. With world tensions growing and more concern about the bird flu, we asked our readers if the felt the need to stock up on additional supplies, just in case.

Less than one quarter of our readers (24%) indicated that they had stockpiled additional diabetes supplies because of growing world tensions. The amount of supplies varied from less than a month's worth to enough supplies for more than six months. An additional 12% indicated that they could not afford to get additional supplies, which could mean that 36% of our readers would get additional supplies if they could. Many more -- 46% -- said that they were not concerned. This represents a decrease in concern from when we last ran this poll in May 2004.

If you are stockpiling additional diabetes supplies, it's important to check the expiration dates on products periodically to be sure that your supply is up-to-date. You will likely need to replenish your supplies on a periodic basis.

It's also important to store your supplies in a way that is easy to get to in the event of an emergency, such as a storm. A small, clear plastic container is great for this purpose. Just be sure to put it somewhere that's easy to find.

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