Portable Oxygen Concentrator Use for People with Diabetes

Once your body becomes resistant to insulin, or is unable to produce insulin, causing your blood sugar level to spike, you become susceptible to another set of medical issues. You might start to lose your eyesight, and you can start to develop sores on your feet. These sores are caused by tissue damage, and can even lead to the need for amputation.

You might already have diabetes that you've had since you were young. Type 1 diabetes often shows up when you're very young, but it more rare than Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes will usually develop after the age of 40, and will usually progress, unless major life style changes are made. There's a chance you can make sure it doesn't progress as quickly if you start eating healthier.

The progression can be dangerous and lead to the need for insulin and other forms of medication to prevent complications, such as eyesight loss and sores. Along with a lifestyle change, monitored exercise and close watch from a physician, the additional use of oxygen therapy can help a great deal to prevent serious complications from diabetes.

For those who need oxygen therapy who also have diabetes, it might feel like you have a heavier load, especially if you were at a larger risk for developing sores, and if you have circulation problems. Using oxygen therapy will help over time, since additional oxygen will be distributed throughout the blood vessels of the body, and reach your extremities, where people with diabetes often have the most problems.

A lightweight portable oxygen concentrator can help a great deal with this issue. As long as you have the battery power, having a portable oxygen concentrator will take away a lot of the added hassle of needing to use oxygen therapy.

If you were to go the route of using oxygen tanks, you would need to have refills delivered to your home. A portable oxygen concentrator will use the air around it to filter out the oxygen to a much higher purity, for you to breathe in. This will save you a great deal of money and hassle in the long run.

Small portable oxygen concentrators that offer higher levels of pulse dose oxygen, include the Inogen One G3, and the Invacare XPO2. The smallest portable oxygen concentrators that can deliver continuous flow oxygen, as well as pulse dose, are the SeQual Equinox, and the Respironics SimplyGo. Whether it's determined that you need need pulse dose or continuous flow, you should be able to choose a lightweight portable model that will allow you the freedom, without the burden.

You should always follow the prescription doses as given by your doctor when using your oxygen therapy, via a portable oxygen concentrator. Setting the dosage too high, or using it for longer than directed, can actually do more harm than good. Always follow your doctor's orders when it comes to oxygen therapy.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

3 thoughts on “Portable Oxygen Concentrator Use for People with Diabetes”

  • William Wade

    I am a diabetic and was thinking about using oxygen when I sleep and wondered if I needed a doctors perscription.

    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your inquiry, William. Yes, you will need a doctors prescription. Oxygen, by law, is considered a "controlled substance" and all reputable dealers will require a prescription to purchase.


    I have been a Type 2 diabetic for about 15 years. My A1C was always in the 6's. Since December 2017 I have been making changes. My diet consist of mostly veggies, small amount off meat, chicken, fish. I eliminated dairy products, except butter. I use coconut oil every morning in my coffee. I also have sleep apnea and COPD emphysema. They took me off of my CPAP and put me on a non-evasive ventilator, fed with 2L oxygen. The pressure is high enough to help me exhale more of the carbon dioxide. I had gained a lot of weight mostly from the prednisone I was on so much of the time. Unfortunately the prednisone would raise my diabetic number substantially. I got online and educated myself on not only the right food to eat, but the order of the food I eat. I don't deny myself a sweet treat now and then, but before I eat a small sweet treat I precede it with a good protein. Now after about 5 months, I have lost 55 pounds, and my A1C is 4.8. I was taking Janumet 1000/50 twice a day. Now I take Janumet 500/50 once a day. I feel pretty good for a 75 year old woman. I really can't point to just one thing that has helped me.


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