Diabetes

If you are a member with diabetes, you might want to join the Diabetes Program.  Diabetes can cause problems for your heart, eyes, kidneys and circulation before you even know it.  Diabetes can lead to heart failure.  It is also the leading cause for amputations.  Many people who are getting kidney dialysis are diabetics.

We offer a diabetic program that teaches you what symptoms to look for.  As part of this program, specially trained care managers may call you on the telephone.  The care managers teach you about the simple blood and urine tests you should have that warn you of some of the problems BEFORE you even know they are a problem!

Here are a few reminders about managing your diabetes:

  • Take your blood sugar readings the way your doctor ordered them.

  • Make sure you get these tests at least every year and more often if the doctor tells you to: HbA1c, LDL-c, urine test and have your blood pressure taken.  These will help to show kidney or heart problems.

  • Go to your eye doctor and tell them you are a diabetic.  You need a dilated retinal eye exam at least every year.  Your doctor can tell if diabetes is damaging your eyes during this test.  Glasses cannot fix all eye problems caused by diabetes.

  • Ask your doctor which lab tests you need to keep your diabetes under control.

  • Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke. Get help to quit smoking by calling the Quit line.

If you would like more information on the Diabetes Program call our Care Management team at 855-412-8004, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.