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Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when your body does not produce insulin (type 1) or, if your body does produce insulin, it does not use it properly (type 2). Insulin is the hormone that helps balance the amount of sugar in your blood by changing it into the energy you need. TRICARE and Humana Military can help you with understanding and managing your disease with services and supplies required to diagnose and treat diabetes, as well as disease management programs to assist you on your journey to better health.

Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when your body fails to make enough insulin or, if it does, the body does not use it properly. Insulin is the hormone that helps balance the amount of sugar in your blood by changing it into the energy needed for daily life. Your blood always has some glucose (sugar) in it because your body needs glucose for energy to keep you going. Too much glucose in the blood causes pre-diabetes or diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. It occurs most often in children and young adults. People with Type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to stay alive. This type of diabetes is less common.

Type 2 diabetes is the more common form of the disease. Insulin is being produced, but the body doesn’t use it to convert the sugar to stored energy or the pancreas may not produce enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes can occur in all age groups, but it is diagnosed most often in adults age 45 or older. Diet and physical activity help to control type 2 diabetes. Most people also need to take diabetes pills or insulin.

Symptoms

Contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing these symptoms:

Bathroom

Urinating often

Holding cup

Feeling very thirsty

Eye

Blurry vision

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Extreme fatigue

Looking in the fridge

Feeling very hungry even though you have eaten

Showing a bruise

Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal

Holding hand in pain

Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands/feet

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Diabetes community group

Do you sometimes feel alone in your struggle to manage your diabetes? Are there no support groups in your geographic area or groups meeting at a convenient day and time? Do you wish you knew people who were actually interested in talking about diabetes and becoming part of a group where you learn how others have overcome the same or similar struggles?

The disease management team is currently offering a virtual diabetes community group. Any diabetes program participant may join. Each meeting is led by our clinicians providing education and facilitating discussions focused on individual diabetes care needs and solutions. Participants share their success as well as their struggles with exercise, stress/stress management, how to get back on track, dealing with depression and how to overcome the “tired of dealing with it and feeling like just not doing anything” attitude. The online group provides a forum for education and support as well as diabetes management tips, recipe ideas and exchanges, carb counting, glycemic index and other topics of interest as suggested by the individual participants of the group.

You can join to share your struggles and successes in a supportive environment. Act now to begin receiving encouragement and support on your journey to better health.

Date Time  
Thursday | April 19, 2018 7:30PM Register now
Thursday | May 3, 2018 7:30PM Register now
Thursday | May 17, 2018 7:30PM Register now
Thursday | June 7, 2018 7:30PM Register now
Thursday | June 21, 2018 7:30PM Register now

If prompted, use diseasem for the password when registering. If you would like to join in a session by phone, please call 1-866-340-2757 and when prompted, type in the conference code: 27968303. Please contact your clinician if you have any questions.