Did you know that diabetes affects one in 10 North Carolinians? Even more are affected when the loved ones of those diagnosed with diabetes are included. Diabetes not only causes serious health complications—including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations—but can also impact the quality of day-to-day life.  Since many people who have prediabetes or diabetes may not know it, it is important for everyone to know their risk and talk to their Primary Care Provider about appropriate tests. 
 
Help employees take charge of their health today!
 
Diabetes Resource Center
The State Health Plan is committed to helping members reach their best health. Encourage your employees to visit our Diabetes Resource Center —a hub that provides helpful information to answer questions about prediabetes, diabetes, prevention, and management.

Diabetes Prevention Program
Eligible members* can now also take advantage of a new Plan benefit, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)—a 12-month comprehensive lifestyle change program that is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.  Members who have prediabetes, or are at risk for developing it, can now participate in this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recognized program for only $25! The Plan recognizes the importance of prevention, and will cover the rest of the $400 fee to help members participate. Encourage your employees to visit diabetesfreenc.com to learn more about DPP and find out if it is right for them.

In addition to the Diabetes Resource Center and Diabetes Prevention Program, please direct members to our NC HealthSmart resources—like health coaching, disease management, or the Personal Health Portal—by visiting shpnc.org or calling 800-817-7044.
 
* DPP is available to active employees, non-Medicare retirees and their dependents over 18, as well as Medicare primary retirees and their dependents over 18 who are enrolled in the Traditional 70/30 Plan who have a history of gestational diabetes, an A1c between 5.7 and 6.4 or who score 9 or above on the CDC’s Prediabetes Screening Test.