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Prediabetes

Overview

If you have been told that you have prediabetes, you may be wondering how your condition is different from diabetes and whether or not you will eventually get diabetes. Prediabetes means that you have a higher than normal hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) (normal is less than 5.7%), blood glucose (normal is less than 99), and body mass index (BMI)(normal is less than 25). If left unchecked, this condition can lead to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or stroke (Diabetes Home, 2018).

How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

A lot of times, people do not take a diagnosis of prediabetes seriously. They may think that they don’t have to take action, or they may think getting diabetes is inevitable. Both are untrue.

Simple lifestyle changes like losing weight (around 12 lbs for a 200 lbs person) and increasing your exercise (30 minutes a day, five days a week of brisk walking) can decrease the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes. By taking preventive actions such as dietary changes and exercise, there's still time to control blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes from developing.

Benefits of Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to improve the quality of life for our members with prediabetes and to prevent them from developing Type 2 diabetes. We provide education and promote healthy lifestyle changes.

Eligibility for Diabetes Prevention Program

All members with a diagnosis of prediabetes are eligible for the Diabetes Prevention Program through our Care Management Program. Members are identified for eligibility through:

  • Out-patient medical claims
  • Pharmacy claims
  • Members can be referred to Behavioral Health Care Management by their health care practitioners

Resources

Not sure if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

Talk to a Health Coach

Talk to a Health Coach

For more information, talk to a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York Health Coach. They can help with your prevention plan and get you started.