Diabetes is a disease in which the body doesn’t produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that converts sugar, starch and other food into energy. There are two major types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas stops producing insulin. This type of diabetes is common among children and young adults.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas makes some insulin, but either it is not enough or the body's cells do not use it correctly. This type of diabetes is found more commonly in adults.

Managing diabetes

Treatment for diabetes revolves around blood sugar control.

By following your treatment plan, there’s a lot you can do to live well. You can manage your condition and work with your doctor to:

  • Use medicines correctly
  • Get regular retinal eye exams
  • Exercise regularly and eat healthy foods
  • Quit smoking

Member materials

Blue Care Network members enrolled in our chronic condition management programs receive a guidebook and two newsletters during the year. Here are our latest materials:

Health Checks

Every year, ask your doctor about these wellness checks. You may need some of them more than once a year.

  • Blood pressure 
  • HbA1c 
  • Total cholesterol (HDL, LDL, triglycerides) 
  • Urine microalbumin 
  • Diabetes eye exam 
  • Dental exam 
  • Foot exam 
  • Flu shot 

Also, check with your doctor to see if your pneumonia shot is up to date.

Contact us for help

To talk with a nurse, call us at 1-800-392-4247 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also fill out our nurse callback form.

For more health resources, including in-depth information about these conditions:

  1. Log in to your account at bcbsm.com.
  2. Select Health & Wellness in the blue bar at the top of the page to go to the Blue Cross® Health & Wellness website, powered by WebMD®.

WebMD Health Services is an independent company supporting Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network by providing health and well-being services.

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