Living With Diabetes & PreDiabetes

Living With Diabetes & PreDiabetes

Are you Pre-Diabetic?

More than 1 in 3 US adults are pre-diabetic and 90% don’t know it. Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

What Causes Prediabetes?

Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that acts like a key to let blood sugar into cells for use as energy. If you have prediabetes, the cells in your body don’t respond normally to insulin. Your pancreas makes more insulin to try to get cells to respond. Eventually your pancreas can’t keep up, and your blood sugar rises, setting the stage for prediabetes—and type 2 diabetes down the road.

Signs & Symptoms:

You can have prediabetes for years but have no clear symptoms, so it often goes undetected until serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes show up. It’s important to talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested if you have any of the risk factors for prediabetes, which include:

  • Being overweight,
  • Being 45 years or older,
  • Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes,
  • Being physically active less than 3 times a week,
  • Ever having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds,
  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome,
  • Race and ethnicity are also a factor: African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at higher risk.

Symptoms may include: 

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry Vision
  • Slow to heal cuts and bruises
  • Numbness in hands and feet

The good news: Prediabetes can be reversed.

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

You can get a simple blood sugar test to find out if you have prediabetes. Ask your doctor if you should be tested.

If you have prediabetes, losing a small amount of weight if you’re overweight and getting regular physical activity can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. A small amount of weight loss means around 5% to 7% of your body weight, just 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. Regular physical activity means getting at least 150 minutes a week of brisk walking or a similar activity. That’s just 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

 

Prebiabetes can be reversed by:

  • Working with a nutritionist or trained coach to make realistic, lasting lifestyle changes.
  • Discovering how to eat healthy and add more physical activity into your day.
  • Finding out how to manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can slow your progress.
  • Getting support from people with similar goals and challenges.

 

If you are already diabetic:

Paying for supplies needed to live with diabetes can become a burden, Health Care Solutions Corporation (HCSC) offers the diabetes management plan called The Diabetic Supplies Program which covers 100% of supplies, mailed to you every 90 days.

Covered Supplies Include: Glucose monitor, Test Strips, Lancets, Lancet Disposal Box, Alcohol Swabs

To Qualify: A1C test- once every 6 months, annual vision exam, annual physical exam, 2+ nutritionist visit/year

All these tests are covered at 100%

For more information, please contact HCSC at 1-800-655-8125 or online at HCSolutionsCorp.com