Diabetes Care

Our Healthy Options diabetes care management program is designed to assist members in effective management of diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease and has severe complications such as kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart disease, stroke and limb amputations.

Education about self-management through a contracting certified diabetes educator program is an important part of being able to control diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes get these tests:

  • Blood sugar: daily or as directed by your doctor.
  • Hemoglobin A1c test: every 3-6 months.
  • Blood pressure: every medical appointment.
  • Foot exam: every medical appointment. Your health care professional will check the nerves and blood circulation of your feet.
  • Dilated eye exam: annually by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
  • Heart disease risk factors: annually by a physician.
  • Lipid profile*: annually. A blood test of cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Urine protein test: annually. These tests screen for kidney problems.
  • Blood creatinine*: annually. These tests screen for kidney problems.

* not to be included in assessment of pediatric patients

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