More than 30 million Americans live with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and approximately 1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes, a condition where sugar levels are elevated and in danger of reaching type 2 levels. What’s more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the majority of these 88 million people don’t even know they have this condition.
This National Diabetes Month, take note of diabetes risk factors or learn how you can manage your diabetes.
Type 2 risk factors:
- Being overweight or inactive
- Being 45 or older
- Having a family history of type 2 diabetes
- Having had diabetes during pregnancy
- Being Black, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander American
Manage your type 2 or prediabetes:
- Choose healthy meals. Reduce your sugar and carbohydrate intake and choose meals with plenty of vegetables, protein and fiber.
- Move more. Shoot for 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. It’s ok to start slow and build your way up!
- Maintain a healthy weight and lose weight if needed. You may be able to prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5 to 7 percent of your starting weight. See weight management resources here.
- Get support. Making changes to your daily habits can be challenging and take time. Remember to start small and ask for help.
Resources to help you manage diabetes:
- Anthem members have access to Livongo for Diabetes Care Program. At no cost to you, Livongo provides an advance glucose meter ($200 value), unlimited test strips and supplies and expert advice from Certified Diabetes Educator. In addition, through CVS Pharmacy, you may pay only one copayment for your diabetes medication and supplies when bundled together. Learn more.
- Health coaching for preventing and managing diabetes is available to Anthem and Kaiser members. Sign in to your Anthem or Kaiser account to learn more.
- Remember that you can use your Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account to help cover the cost of diabetes medications and supplies.
Remember to stay up-to-date on vaccinations. The COVID-19 and flu vaccines are especially important for people who may be more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 or the flu, such as people with diabetes.
Click here for additional Diabetes Resources and learn what’s available in your community by visiting the American Diabetes Association website here.