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Living Well with Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you're not alone. More than 100 million U. S. adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1, as of 2015:

  • 30.4 million Americans, 9.4 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes, and
  • 84.1 million have prediabetes

Diabetes is a serious condition. It can lead to big health problems when it isn't well-managed. But when you take charge, you can help yourself live a much healthier life.

Diabetes complications

The buildup of glucose in your blood can cause diabetes-related complications, and:

  • Cause plaque (fatty material) to narrow your blood vessels
  • Damage the lining of your blood vessels
  • Keep blood from freely moving through your blood vessels
  • Slow blood flow to vital tissues and organs

To reduce your risk of these diabetes-related complications, your doctor should, at least once a year, perform (and/or give you a):

  • Cholesterol profile test, to measure cholesterol (e.g., total cholesterol, HDL, and LDL) and triglycerides in your blood
  • Dental exam, every six to 12 months
  • Flu shot
  • HbA1c test, to measure your blood sugar over a three-month period
  • Kidney (blood) test, to check your glomerular filtration rate, which tells how well your kidneys filter
  • Kidney (urine) test, to check for a protein called Albumin, which can help detect kidney disease or nephropathy
  • Pneumonia shot, if suggested by your healthcare provider
  • Retinal or dilated eye exam, to help find glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and other eye conditions

If you have diabetes, you should:

  • Ask questions about your treatment plan
  • Avoid or quit smoking2
  • Check, monitor, and record your blood sugar levels at home
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, AND fewer animal products, refined carbohydrates, and sweets3
  • Get the right amount of sleep3
  • Limit salt and alcohol intake3
  • Manage stress
  • Reach and/or keep a healthy body weight
  • See your healthcare provider, who will check your blood pressure, weight, and feet
  • Share your blood sugar level records with your healthcare provider
  • Stay active3
  • Take medications (such as an oral medication or insulin) as prescribed

For more information, call us at 1-888-285-1121 (TTY: 711) to learn more.

Access a health coach through Vida Health

Humana Healthy Horizons™ in Kentucky enrollees with diabetes between the ages of 18 and 75 who have Type 2 Diabetes can sign up with Vida Health for one-on-one, personalized help to meet your health goals at no cost. Just enroll in the program and download the Vida Health app. It’s that easy!

If you have diabetes, Vida Health can help you:

  • Cope with stress in a healthy way
  • Lose weight
  • Manage any conditions you want help managing
  • Revamp your approach to nutrition
  • And more

Through Vida Health, you can:

  • Monitor your health progress
  • Talk and text with dedicated health coaches, including nutritionists and diabetes educators
  • View tips and videos customized to your health needs
  • And more

Call 1-855-442-5885 (TTY: 711) to begin your Vida Health service.

Go365 for HumanaHealthy Horizons™

As of January 1, 2021, enrollees can participate in Go365 for Humana Healthy Horizons. Participating in healthy activities and earning rewards through our Go365 for Humana Healthy Horizons wellness program is easy.

You can qualify to earn rewards by enrolling in Go365 for Humana Healthy Horizons and then completing on or more healthy activities. For our enrollees with diabetes, you can earn rewards by completing a:

  • Diabetic Retinal Exam – $20 in rewards (1 per year) for enrollees with diabetes ages 18 and older who receive a retinal eye exam
  • Diabetic Screening – $40 in rewards (1 per year) for enrollees with diabetes ages 18 and older who complete an annual screening with their primary care provider for HbA1c and blood pressure

Resources

  1. “More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html, opens new window. Last accessed September 12, 2020.
  2. National Library of Medicine – Medline Plus. www.MedlinePlus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000082.htm, opens new window. Last accessed September 12, 2020.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/health.html, opens new window. Last accessed September 12, 2020.

Further reading

Mayo Clinic. www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/in-depth/diabetes-management/ART-20047963, opens new window. Accessed September 12, 2020.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/managing-diabetes/4-steps, opens new window. Last accessed September 12, 2020.

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