About Our Programs
What is diabetes?
If you have diabetes, it means that
the blood sugar levels in your body are too high, either because your
pancreas produces little or no insulin, or your body has lost the
ability to efficiently use the insulin it produces. The high levels of
blood sugar can damage your circulatory system, your kidneys, your eyes
and your nervous system.
If you're diagnosed with
, that means that you have a higher blood sugar levels than
normal, and this can often progress to type 2 diabetes. The heightened
blood glucose levels may be enough, though, to start doing damage to
the body. Fortunately, prediabetes can often be reversed through weight
loss, a healthier diet and an increased activity level.
difference between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, happens when your
pancreas is no longer able to produce any insulin, the hormone used to
regulate blood sugar levels. It is usually diagnosed in children and
teens, which is how it got its name. People with type 1 diabetes need
to take insulin, either injected or through an insulin pump, to
regulate their blood sugar.
Type 2 diabetes is typically diagnosed in
older adults, and develops as your body is no longer able to use the
insulin your pancreas produces to control your blood sugar levels, a
condition called insulin resistance. Changes to diet and lifestyle are
key to controlling diabetes, along with oral medications to help keep
blood sugar levels steady.
Am I at higher risk
to develop diabetes?
You may be at greater risk to
develop diabetes if any of the following are true:
- You are over age 45
- You developed gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby
that was over 9 pounds
- You lead a sedentary lifestyle
- You are overweight or obese
- You have a family history of diabetes
- You are an African American, Hispanic, Native American or
- You have prediabetes
For more information on the risk factors for diabetes—and whether
you're at risk—take our 6-step assessment
Your family history can be a factor in whether you get type 1 and type
2 diabetes, but researchers are still unsure exactly how your genes
come into play. If your closest relatives all have diabetes, you face a
much greater risk of developing the disease than someone with no family
history. You can assess your own level of risk with our 6-step assessment
Can diabetes be
Prediabetes can often be reversed by following a healthier lifestyle:
making good food choices, becoming more active and losing five to seven
percent of your body weight. These changes may cut your risk of
developing type 2 diabetes significantly. The Diabetes Prevention
can show you how.
Once you have type 2 diabetes, it cannot be reversed. You can, however,
learn how to manage your diabetes more effectively through the Diabetes Control Program
What can I do to
If you are at risk for diabetes, there are some steps you can take to
help slow the progression to type 2 diabetes—or even potentially
prevent yourself from getting it at all. These steps include making
lifestyle changes, such as choosing healthier foods like lean meats and
plenty of fruits and vegetables, and becoming more active. You can find
out more in our 16-week Diabetes
, which may help you tell diabetes "NOT ME."
What are the
symptoms of diabetes?
Unfortunately, early in the
disease, the symptoms of type 2 diabetes may be so subtle you won't
notice them at all. They include:
- Extreme thirst and hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Frequent urination
- Sores that are slow to heal
- Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet
- Blurry vision
- Frequent infections
How do I control my
Careful attention to your lifestyle, including making healthier food
choices, increasing your activity level, and taking medications as
directed will go a long way toward keeping your diabetes under control.
You will need to carefully
your blood sugar levels, cholesterol and blood pressure to
ensure that they stay within the ideal range for keeping diabetes under
control. Our Diabetes
will provide individualized advice on how to tell
diabetes "NOT ME". Or follow our tips for controlling your diabetes
help you live a longer, healthier life.
contribute to other health problems?
Diabetes often comes hand-in-hand with other health problems,
especially if it's not properly treated. You could put yourself at
increased risk for heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness
and nerve damage if you don't keep it under control. Learn
more about the potential effects that diabetes can have on your health
Is there a cure
At this time, there is no cure for
diabetes, but many researchers continue to explore several possible
approaches to treating—and curing—both type 1 and type 2
About Our Programs
What is the Diabetes
This innovative program helps people at high risk for developing type 2
diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier,
increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight to
reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The program is based
on research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. That research found that healthy
lifestyle changes could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
by 58% in people with prediabetes. Learn more about our Diabetes Prevention
What is the Diabetes
The Diabetes Control Program makes it easier for people diagnosed with
diabetes to get help in managing their condition. Specially trained
pharmacists meet with you in in-depth, one-on-one sessions to walk you
through your treatment regimen, answer questions, assist you with
monitoring your body mass index (BMI), blood glucose and cholesterol
levels, and blood pressure, and help ensure that you are able to keep
your diabetes under control. Learn more about our Diabetes Control Program
Who is eligible to
take part in the Diabetes Prevention and Diabetes Control programs?
The programs are currently offered
as part of employee benefit plans with participating
employers—and in some locations, with a self-pay option. To find
out if you are eligible to participate, you can call 1-866-827-3995
Ext. 31365 or contact your employer's benefits department.
How much will the
Diabetes Prevention and Diabetes Control programs cost me?
The programs are currently offered
at no additional cost as part of employee health benefit plans at
participating employers, and as a self-pay option at some locations. To
find out if you're eligible to participate, you can call 1-866-827-3995
How do I sign up for
the Diabetes Prevention and Diabetes Control programs?
Call 1-866-827-3995 Ext. 31365 for
Where can I get more
information about diabetes?
Check out our Diabetes
for the basics about diabetes, and our Prevention
specific information if you're at risk or already have type 2 diabetes.
If you want more information, click through our listing of the top diabetes websites
What is "NOT ME?"
NOT ME was created by the Diabetes
Prevention and Control Alliance
—program to bring proven diabetes
prevention and Control programs out of the clinical setting and into
the community, at local pharmacies and YMCA®
What is the DPCA?
The Diabetes Prevention and
, created in 2010, is a partnership of national health
care companies and organizations focused on bringing proven diabetes
prevention and control programs to communities, in an effort to help
reverse the course of diabetes.
Who are the program
The Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, created by the
UnitedHealth Group, has partnered
with several key organizations
to bring these programs to the people
who need them, and we continue to add to our list of sponsors. Our
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DPP Research Group. New England Journal of Medicine.
PROGRAMS THAT WORK
Studies show that the NOT ME
programs can help you keep diabetes at bay.
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