Diabetes Care Management
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that develops when the body does not produce or use insulin correctly. Insulin, a hormone, is used to change sugar and other foods into energy. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin and usually requires insulin treatment. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin (or the body does not use the insulin) to make energy. Type 2 diabetes can be managed by diet, exercise, and medication. Diabetes can lead to hardening of the arteries, which are fat-like deposits that can build up in your arteries. This can result in a heart attack, stroke, loss of limb, or blindness.
The Diabetes Program consists of a trained team including:
- Your primary care physician
- Registered dietitians
- Diabetes care managers
- Clinical support staff
What You Can Do?
Follow Diabetes “Best Practices” (high-quality treatment recommendations) to prevent and control symptoms for diabetes, heart attack, or stroke:
- Take all medications prescribed by your physician.
- Get annual lab tests:
- Cholesterol (LDL should be less than 100)
- Urine microalbumin (kidney function test)
- ALT (liver function test)
- Maintain a blood pressure of 129/79 or lower
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle:
- Quit smoking
- Keep a healthy weight
- Follow dietary guidelines for diabetes
- Be physically active for 30 minutes or more, most days of the week
- Get started with diabetes and exercise information
As a Kaiser Permanente member, you may:
- Be requested by your primary care physician to get diabetes lab tests (hemoglobin A1c, LDL, urine microalbumin, and ALT)
- Participate in related health education classes.
- Contact your primary care physician to discuss if the Level II, Diabetes Care Management Program is right for you.