More than 29 million adults in the United States have diabetes and 25% of them do not know it. People with diabetes either do not make enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or their bodies cannot use insulin properly (type 2 diabetes). Several factors can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes, such as being overweight, having a parent or sibling with diabetes, having high blood pressure and being physically inactive.
The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar. The A1C test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1C or glycohemoglobin test. The A1C is the primary test for diabetes management. If your health care provider determines that your blood glucose level is very high, or if you have some of the classic symptoms of diabetes, he or she may choose to check your blood glucose levels.
Fit4D is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s diabetic education program. Your voluntary participation in the free Fit4D program gives you access to a wide variety of support and educational materials, including how to remove any barriers to control your hemoglobin A1C and how diet and exercise can affect your blood sugars. You can participate in Fit4D from the comfort of your own home at times convenient for you. Fit4D materials and support are available in both English and Spanish.
You may contact Fit4D directly if you would like to learn more now. Please call (402) 205-3245 (extension 0017) and mention that you are a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska member who is interested in the diabetic education program.
To learn more about the risk factors for diabetes, how to get checked for the disease and how to treat it and information on the Fit4D diabetes education program, utilize the following resources:
- What Is Diabetes? flier
- Fit4D flier
To determine if you are a candidate for the Fit4D diabetic education program, please take a short self-assessment.
Data is based on 2016 information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Diabetes Association.