Small Changes Mean Good News in Diabetes Prevention
Your company’s Florida Blue health plan may cover this program at no extra cost
Mary’s crazy schedule consumed her life. She juggled home, children, work, after-school activities and volunteer work like a champ. Take-out food was her lifesaver. Except it wasn’t.
She gained weight but was too busy to hit the gym. During a checkup, her doctor warned her she was at risk to develop diabetes. According to the CDC, more than 86 million adults have prediabetes, and most don’t know it. With prediabetes, your blood sugar level is higher than normal. It’s not diabetes yet. But left unchecked, it can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is bad news
Type 2 diabetes can run in families. It also can result from too much weight, not enough inactivity and high blood pressure. If uncontrolled, diabetes can cause serious health problems—like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation. But the good news is there are things you can do to help avoid it. Mary* found Florida Blue’s Better You Diabetes Prevention Program that helped her make small changes with big results.
Diabetes prevention is all about good news
Florida Blue provides this program to eligible members at no extra cost. The program combines science, technology and the human touch to help you. It starts with small, meaningful changes—like making better meal choices—and moving more throughout the day instead of a long workout. You’ll also get tips on how to improve sleep and manage stress. Before you know it, you’ll be losing weight and cutting your risk of type 2 diabetes.
We offer the program in two formats—online and in person—to make sure you find one that’s right for you.
Signing up for the program is simple. First, you’ll take a short quiz to see if a diabetes prevention program is right for you. The quiz is easy. It asks your height, weight, age, gender, activity level and general health information.
With this program, you’ll get encouragement every step along the way to help you get healthier by:
- Planning meals;
- Busting cravings; and
- Moving more.
Small changes can get great results
Mary’s first step was to substitute a healthy meal for one takeout meal every day. She also parked at the edge of the parking lot to make sure she walked more. When the scales showed a 5-pound loss, she added more small changes. At her six-month medical follow-up, Mary’s doctor congratulated her on the changes she had made.
Studies show you can cut your risk for type 2 diabetes by more than half through a program like the Better You Diabetes Prevention Program. If you’re older than 60, you can cut your risk by two-thirds.
Your health is important. Getting or staying healthy can be confusing. But, when it comes to your risk of diabetes, this prevention program can take the mystery out of it. Taking the quiz today could be your first step toward a healthier you!
*Not her real name
P.S. If you don’t have coverage through your employer, there are other ways to get help:
- If you have a Medicare health plan, the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program is included in your benefits. To learn more, call 1-855-717-8813 (TTY 711) between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday.
- If you buy your own individual or family health plan, our specialized care teams can help you find a doctor or specialist, and get the medications and supplies you need. Our nurses will teach you how to manage your condition. They can also help you find a local diabetes education program. Call 888-476-2227 to get started.
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