We’ve all heard the statistics. Diabetes is the No. 7 cause of death in the United States. It is the leading cause of kidney failure, as well as adult blindness, and limb amputations. The number of adults with diabetes has more than doubled over the past 20 years, as the disease currently affects more than 10.5% of the total U.S. population.
To successfully combat diabetes a comprehensive care plan is required—one that includes regular visits to the doctor and screenings that preemptively detect risk factors before the onset of the disease; eating all the right foods and avoiding all the wrong foods to prevent worsening of the condition and help reverse some of its effects; and getting proper sleep and exercise to ensure that the body has the fortitude and opportunity to replenish and rejuvenate itself properly while resisting the more harmful symptoms of this group of conditions that over 34.2 million Americans currently suffer from. With nearly 1 in 3, at a total of over 88 million, adults in the U.S. exhibiting prediabetic conditions, it’s crucial that all adults ages 18 to 75 receive regular testing in order to identify all risks before they become problematic.
At USFHP we’ve developed incentive programs that give rewards to our members for meeting certain health goals.
Keep up with scheduled exams and appointments. Be sure to visit your doctor regularly and follow through with the required A1C tests and dilated eye exams that can help prevent diabetes before it takes hold, and report the results back to us.
Visit usfhp.net or call 1-800-241-4848 and we will walk you quickly through the process and help you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to get you tested right away.
Through Welldoc, a highly recognized healthcare technology leader, USFHP has partnered in the design of a unique app experience just for you. The award-winning diabetes app, BlueStar, makes it easy for you to track your glucose levels, exercise, meals and more. Every time you track in BlueStar you get real-time feedback that helps you feel more confident about managing your diabetes. Visit the app store on your smartphone to download the “BlueStar Diabetes” app and enter the access code: DM4U. For more information about BlueStar, call 1-888-611-4794.
Remember, consistency is key. Take control of your health today!