Living Well with Diabetes

Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been treating it for years, you’re not alone. More than 34 million people in the U.S. have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. That’s one out of every 10 Americans!1

Left untreated, your diabetes can lead to even more serious health problems, like heart disease, nerve damage, kidney disease and blindness. Learn more about health problems caused by diabetes.

Treat your diabetes right and live a happy life

And while there is no cure for diabetes yet, there are many ways to manage your condition so that you can continue to live a healthy life, feel good and continue to do the things you enjoy.

1 https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/type2.html

Things to do to Stay Healthy

Talk with your doctor about the following things you can do to manage your diabetes and avoid other problems that could harm your health.

2 http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/35/12/2650

SCAN Is Here to Help, Too!

We offer support, useful tools, and benefits to help you keep your diabetes in check:

  • Use your annual Health Check Record. It has your personalized information and a chart for tracking your care. The Health Check record is sent electronically. If you’ve registered your online SCAN member account, you can view your online record at the SCAN member portal. The online record is customized just for you, and it’s updated monthly. If you haven’t registered your online SCAN member account, click here.
  • Download your own blood sugar diary and keep track of your blood sugar levels and share them with your doctor.
  • SCAN Club Newsletter Accrd Thumb Aug 2021Special diabetes editions of SCAN Club with useful information on health and benefits for our members with diabetes.
  • Coverage in all SCAN plans for regular exams, recommended screenings, diabetes medications and blood glucose monitors and related supplies prescribed by your doctor (copayments vary)

Are You or a Family Member at Risk for Diabetes?

Surprisingly, one out of four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it! Some 88 million Americans (more than one out of three) have prediabetes.This is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is serious and puts you at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

If you’re experiencing symptoms—such as dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth or having to visit the bathroom often—ask your doctor as soon as possible for a blood test to check for diabetes.

Find out more about your risk of developing type 2 diabetes here.

3 https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/prediabetes.html

More Resources

These online services can give you information and tools that can help you manage your diabetes. You will also be able to talk to other people with diabetes. Talk to your doctor about classes or support groups they might be able to refer you to. 

Programs and Classes

SCAN offers you our Living Well with Diabetes online workshop. For more information email us at: livingwell@scanhealthplan.com or call 1-855-650-7226

American Diabetes Association—you can also call them at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383)

American Association of Diabetic Educators

Living with Type 2 Diabetes Online Program

Support Services

American Diabetes Association

Diabetes Daily

TuDiabetes

Educational Events

The American Diabetes Association offers free educational Ask the Experts Q&A series—click here or call 1-855-565-0595 for more information.

Miscellaneous

American Diabetes Association Patient Education Library

American Diabetes Association “In It Together” Podcast

SCAN Health Plan Mental Health Web Page

Helping Older Family Members Become More Active

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