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Diabetes Management

Living well with diabetes

Discover a world of resources to help you stay on top of your diabetes treatment.

Monitoring your glucose levels

Tracking your glucose level as recommended by your doctor can help you keep it under control. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares tips to manage your blood sugar:

  • Test your blood sugar at least two to four times each day.
  • Get an A1C test from your health care provider about every three months. 
  • Check your benefit booklet in Blue Connect℠ to see which test strips, diabetes supplies, and medications are covered by your health plan. 

Find a diabetes specialist

Most specialists are covered at 100%, but you may need a referral from your regular doctor. Check your health plan benefit booklet to make sure.  

To find a specialist near you, try our Find Care search tool.

Diabetes education and support

A diabetes self-management education and support program (DSMES) can help you get the education and tools you need to manage your diabetes. 

DSMES is a recognized part of your diabetes care and covered at 100% by Blue Cross NC

It’s offered through accredited diabetes education programs across North Carolina, which has met vigorous criteria set by the US Department of Health & Human Services. 

Get fit to control blood glucose and weight

Physical activity can help you control your blood glucose and your weight and can also prevent heart and circulation problems.

Do some physical activity every day. Choose an activity you enjoy. Walk, dance, swim or ride a bike. Yard work counts, too. Just do what you can and then look for ways to do more until you reach 150 minutes of activity each week.1

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

Adopting healthy habits may help you better manage your diabetes.
  • Quit all tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless). To quit, call: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).
  • Always check your glucose before driving a vehicle, using heavy equipment or being very physically active. 
  • Always carry a snack and a drink with you so you avoid low glucose levels.
  • Get a flu shot each year (October to mid-November). 
  • Get a pneumonia shot every five years. 
  • Ask all your doctors to share exam results with other health care providers.

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  1. Source: Get Active! Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (accessed July 2023).