Girl checking her blood sugar at a picnic table

What is diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when the body cannot produce or respond appropriately to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to absorb and use glucose (sugar) as fuel for the body’s cells. When your insulin system does not work properly, blood glucose levels become elevated which can lead to the development of serious, disabling complications. Many forms of diabetes exist. The 3 common types of diabetes are:

  • Type 2 diabetes, which results from a combination of resistance to the action of insulin and insufficient insulin production.
  • Type 1 diabetes, which results when the body loses its ability to produce insulin.
  • Gestational diabetes, a common complication of pregnancy. Gestational diabetes can lead to perinatal complications in mother and child and substantially increases the likelihood of cesarean section. Gestational diabetes is also a risk factor for development of type 2 diabetes after pregnancy.


What are the symptoms of diabetes?

If you experience any of these symptoms, consult with your primary physician to see if you may be at risk for diabetes.

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Blurry vision
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Increased hunger
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Sensation of pins and needles in the feet


What is prediabetes?

Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have "prediabetes" — blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Doctors sometimes refer to prediabetes as impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG), depending on what test was used when it was detected. This condition puts you at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


What are the symptoms of prediabetes?

There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes, so, you may have it and not know it. Some people with prediabetes may have some of the symptoms of diabetes or even problems from diabetes already. You usually find out that you have prediabetes when being tested for diabetes. If you have prediabetes, you should be checked for type 2 diabetes every one to two years.


Diabetes education and support

Diabetes can increase your risk for many serious health problems such as heart disease, lower limb amputations due to circulatory problems, eyesight issues, kidney disease and many more.

We are here to help. As part of your insurance benefits, you have access to a FREE diabetes program and mobile health app supported by our nurse diabetic educators. This program is personalized to you and your family’s specific needs.


Getting started is easy! Sign up for our FREE diabetes program by downloading the health app powered by Wellframe from the Apple App Store or Google Play, enter access code NEACTION and your member ID when prompted.

Download on the App Store   Android app on Google Play


Free Glucose Meter

We have made free glucose meters available to our members provided by Ascensia Diabetes Care. Three options are available:

  • CONTOUR® NEXT ONE smart meter
  • CONTOUR® NEXT EZ meter
  • CONTOUR® NEXT meter


Get your FREE meter by mail

Go to ContourNextFreeMeter.com or call Call 1-800-401-8440 and mention ID Code BDC-BNB for your free meter!

Get your FREE meter at your local pharmacy

Please print this coupon and take it to your local pharmacy.


One Member's Story

Diabetes saved my life


Diabetes Statistics

According the American Diabetes Association:

  • 4,110 adults are diagnosed with diabetes each day
  • 295 diabetes related amputations are performed every day
  • 137 adults enter end-stage kidney disease daily



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