Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross) has launched an online resource to help those living with diabetes.
It’s part of a larger initiative — Let Nothing Stop You: Diabetes Under Control — created to help prevent and reduce the impact of complications associated with diabetes.
What You Should Know
• Approximately two in five U.S. adults are expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime.
• More than 29 million people aged 20 years or older in the United States have diabetes (12.3% of the adult population), and one in four of them do not know it. In fact, the risks are even higher for some racial and ethnic minority groups.
• Half of all Hispanic men and women and non-Hispanic black women are expected to develop the disease.
• Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents, although uncommon, is being diagnosed more frequently among American Indians, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders.
• According to the CDC, without major changes, as many as one in three U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050. This outlook leaves North Carolina residents even more vulnerable; 30 out of 100 NC counties are located in what’s known as the “diabetes belt.”
Live Life to The Fullest
The Blue Cross portal offers several management tools for diabetics and their families, including in-depth information for educated diabetics or for those recently diagnosed.
Blue Cross members can also receive personalized free medical advice available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English or Spanish via Nurseline/Health Line Blue/877-477-2424.