5 THINGS YOU CAN DO ABOUT DIABETES.

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The COVID pandemic has meant an interruption of routine medical care at a time when diabetes prevention and management is more important than ever. These tips from your Care Support Specialists can help you stay safe & healthy.

  1. If you have diabetes, don’t skip your regular doctor visits. You can safely visit your doctor either in person or with a virtual Telehealth appointment — you’re covered either way. It’s important that your primary care physician or endocrinologist be able to monitor your condition and check for any other health issues that may be associated with your diabetes.

  2. If you’re at risk for diabetes, understand what prediabetes is. Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is too high, but not high enough to be considered Type 2 diabetes. 1 out of 3 adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, and most don’t know it!

  3. Make sure you get your diabetes screening. A simple blood glucose test can tell if you’re prediabetic (or if you have Type 2 diabetes). These screenings are done by your primary care physician and are covered by your Experience Health Medicare ADVANTAGESM (HMO) plan.

  4. Take steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes. That includes eating a healthy diet with less fat and sugar, limiting your alcohol intake, exercising, and quitting smoking.

  5. Let your Care Support team help you. Whether you need help in managing diabetes or any other condition, you have a dedicated team behind you. We’re here to handle your needs, big or small.

Dr. Susan Spratt
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“You can take control of your diabetes and prevent complications through diet, exercise, and appropriate medication.”

Susan E. Spratt, MD

Duke Endocrinologist

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