One key to managing any chronic condition is feeling empowered and informed enough to take care of yourself, on your own terms. (This is one reason I wrote The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes, by the way.) AARP and the ADA seem to agree. They spent several months testing products and developing information to help people better manage their diabetes. The diabetes box resulted from those efforts.
What’s in the diabetes box?
The Let’s Be Well Diabetes Box contains the following products.
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- Athleema resistance bands
- Bobble Water Bottle (BPA-free)
- Miracle of Aloe Food Repair Cream
- Glukos Liquid Energy Gel
- Precise Portions travel plate (with snap-on lid) and an ADA Portion Control Content Wheel
- The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook by Linda Gassenheimer
- Diabetes Forecast 150+ Products for Living Well (2018 Consumer Guide)
How much does the diabetes box cost?
The box costs $49.99 (with free shipping). The estimated retail value of products in the box is $75.
The mix of items in the box will be helpful no matter what type of diabetes you have. I was very excited to see the package of resistance bands. (It reminded me I haven’t really been keeping up with my PT exercises after having frozen shoulder a few years ago. Gulp.) I’m looking forward to trying recipes from the cookbook, using the foot cream, taking the water bottle on my next hike, and keeping the energy gel in my purse (although I really don’t experience blood sugar lows too often). If I commuted to an office, the portion control plate would be perfect for brown-bagging. (Brown-plating?)
I’m not sure I’d spend $50 on the diabetes box for myself, but I would love to receive it as a gift from a friend or healthcare professional. I also think it would make a great present for someone in your life who has diabetes.
Disclosure: I received a free Let’s Be Well Diabetes Box for review purposes.