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Diabetes Care Program

A program for members with Type 2 Diabetes

We know you are taking action to care for your type 2 diabetes. To help, our Diabetes Care Program gives you the following benefits:

  • A Diabetes Care Team to support your health needs
  • Health Education 

Our Diabetes Care Team will work closely with your doctor and pharmacy to help you get the support you need.

Learn more about managing diabetes type 2

What is Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which the level of blood sugar gets too high. After eating, the body releases insulin when glucose in the blood (or blood sugar) goes up. Insulin acts like a key to let blood sugar into your body’s cells to use as energy.  

In type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t use insulin the way it should, and blood sugar builds up. Overtime, high blood sugars can cause health problems. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but you can live your best life with the right treatment. 

Diabetes Causes

The cause of type 2 diabetes is unknown, but some things increase the chances of getting it, including:

  • Having a blood relative with diabetes – a parent or sibling
  • Having had gestational (during pregnancy) diabetes
  • Age – being 45 years or older
  • Being overweight
  • Being inactive
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes

It is possible to have type 2 diabetes with no symptoms. Symptoms can also appear suddenly or over time, and include:

  • Being very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry
  • Having blurry vision
  • Losing weight without trying 
  • Urinating (peeing) a lot, often at night

Take action! Call your doctor if you feel any of these symptoms. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Living with type 2 diabetes

Take charge of your health with your doctor and create an action plan to:

  • Take your medicines as prescribed
  • Check your blood sugar at home as advised
  • Watch for symptoms of type 2 diabetes 
  • Raise your blood sugar when it gets too low
  • Track your eating habits – make healthy changes
  • Check your feet daily for redness and sores 
  • Be active and move daily

Then, create an action plan to:      

  • See your doctor at least once a year 
  • Get your feet and eyes checked at least once a year
  • Always have testing supplies to check your blood sugar 
  • Get an A1C (or blood sugar lab test) as advised 
  • Check your cholesterol once a year
  • Track your blood pressure daily
  • Set healthy and small goals to lose weight
  • Take good care of yourself when you get sick
  • Avoid using tobacco and stay away from others who smoke 

Living with diabetes may cause fear, stress, and depression, but you are not alone. Choose an action plan to: 

  • Talk about your concerns for managing diabetes with your doctor and diabetes care team
  • Seek help from family and friends for emotional support
  • Join a support group and learn coping skills from others
  • Ask for a referral to a counselor for depression of needed 
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Managing type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes changes your life, but step-by-step you can put yourself in charge. You are more than your diabetes. Do the following at least once per year: See your doctor, check your labs, see your eye doctor, and your foot doctor.  

Learn more about managing diabetes type 2 with the following resources

Prospect’s diabetes action plan

Steps to manage your diabetes for life

Blood pressure and lifestyle changes

What is cholesterol?

Members with diabetes type 2 are eligible for the Diabetes Care Program. Services are free and members can decline to participate at any time. 

For more information about our Diabetes Care Program:
Call: 1-866-292-0010 (TTY 711) 
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST 
E-mail: populationhealth@prospectmedical.com 

Health education materials are posted with permission from authorized agencies and organizations. References for content on diabetes type 2: American Diabetes Association-2023 Standards of Care, NIH-Diabetes, CDC-Diabetes, Mayo Clinic-Diabetes, and International Diabetes Federation.