Keep Your Diabetes Under Control
More than 11 million adults over age 65 have diabetes, and some of them may not even know it.
There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body attacks cells that produce insulin, a hormone that helps regulate your blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes typically develops when people are younger, during childhood and adolescence, and cannot be prevented. Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, generally develops in adulthood and is often linked to obesity and low physical activity.
If you experience symptoms such as increased thirst, weight loss, fatigue or blurred vision, get checked out by your doctor as soon as you can. Untreated diabetes can put you at risk for stroke, blindness and other health problems, so it’s important to get treated and follow your doctor’s orders.
Making healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating nutritious foods and staying active, can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If you have Type 2 diabetes, eating healthy and getting regular exercise can also help you manage your condition. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you live healthy with diabetes:
• Eat healthy and nutritious foods.
• Stay physically active.
• Manage stress.
• Visit your doctor at least twice a year.
Know your ABCDs
These tests help your doctor monitor your diabetes:
A: The A1C test measures your average blood glucose level.
B: Blood pressure checks are important because high blood pressure can worsen diabetes.
C: Your doctor needs to check your cholesterol to help keep your arteries from becoming clogged and lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.
D: Diabetes can cause blindness, so be sure to have a dilated retinal eye exam every year.
Florida Blue has care coordination programs that can help you maintain your health. For more information on care coordination programs, call 1-800-955-5692 and select Option 4. You will be asked for information that will help the care team see if you qualify for a program. For resources on fitness or to meet with a registered nurse for screenings, visit a Florida Blue Center. Visit floridablue.com/find-a-location or call 1-877-352-5830 for locations and hours.
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