Silent, Sneaky Diabetes

Summer Issue

Diabetes claims 4.2 million lives around the world every year – almost three times as many deaths as COVID-19. Experts predict that one in 10 of us will be affected by 2045.  

Diabetes is commonly referred to as a “silent killer” in medical circles because it causes a host of additional problems. Long-term complications happen gradually. The longer you or your loved ones have diabetes, and blood sugar is not controlled, the higher the risk of complications. Over time, developments may include cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, eye damage, foot damage, skin conditions, and hearing loss.  

To avoid these disabling and life-threatening complications, it’s critical to understand and control this chronic disease. 

Blue KC is here to help you live a healthier life. Use our tools and resources to be informed, mind your A1C levels, and manage your diabetes. 

Diabetes Care Management  

If you have chronic diabetes, you may qualify for a personalized care management program through Blue Medicare Advantage’s partner, Livongo. This program includes 24/7 access to a care team and a telemonitor-enabled glucometer device. You’ll get test strips and supplies by mail. If you’re eligible for the program, Livongo will contact you directly. 

And don’t forget to get your diabetic eye exam. Diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can cause vision loss and blindness.  The only way to see if you have diabetic retinopathy and to monitor it, is to be examined by an eye doctor. And you may be able to earn $25 by completing your diabetic eye exam through the Member Rewards Program. 

Diabetes Prevention Program  

Blue Medicare Advantage partners with Solera Health to help decrease your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The program offers weight and activity trackers, small group support, weekly lessons, and personal health coaches.  

The program is open to all eligible Blue Medicare Advantage members. Visit to take a one minute quiz and see if you qualify.  

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Economic Forum, Mayo Clinic