It's a disease that affects one in every five of us...
"It is a very significant health problem," Dr. Dean Sienko of the Ingham County Health Department says.
And the number of folks who have to prick their finger every day may not even begin to tell the whole story.
"There's many more who don't even know they have diabetes," Pat Trosky of the Ingham County Health Department says.
It is no secret that living with diabetes isn't cheap, in fact the cost at some pharmacy counters can be so strenuous that the folks who desperately need the medicine just say 'forget it.'
Patty Moshkosky is one of those people.
"A lot of times I go without testing," Moshkosky says.
Not because she wants to, but because the recession won't allow her to...
"It's just, I can't afford it," Moshkosky explains.
She is living with type two diabetes and is like so many others-- desperately hoping for an escape from these especially cruel times. While she knows getting back into shape is the best idea, she worries she doesn't have that long to wait.
"It will either kill me or it won't," Moshkosky says.
So what can she do?
Dr. Sienko says the first step is to look into cheaper off-brand meds, they do the same trick as the expensive kind.
Another step is looking into the countless organizations that can help like the American Diabetes Association and the Ingham Health Plan.
If you need help call these numbers:
Federal Qualified Health Plan/ Sparrow Health System- (517) 364-1000
Ingham Health Plan/Ingham County Health Department- (517) 887-4300
Or, click on any of the links below