November is National Diabetes Month.
If you’re not one of the more than 25 million Americans who are living with diabetes, you could be one of the more than 79 million Americans who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes but may not know it.
November is National Diabetes Month, a time when the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org) wants to raise awareness of the chronic disease and help prevent it in both adults and children. If diabetes is not under control, over time people may develop serious life-threatening conditions, such as strokes, heart disease and blindness.
Risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes:
• You are 45 years or older
• You are overweight
• You have direct family members, like a parent or sibling, who have diabetes
• You had gestational diabetes while pregnant
• You have had a baby born weighing 9 pounds or more
• You are American Indian, African American, Latino American, Asian American or Pacific Islander
• You are relatively inactive and don’t exercise regularly
• You have high blood pressure or high cholesterol
By eating healthy, staying active and maintaining a healthy body weight, you’ll decrease your chances of developing diabetes. If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited a doctor, it may be time to go back for a check-up to find out more about your physical health.
If you don’t have health insurance, AmeriPlan medical plans are an insurance alternative that provide substantial discounts on healthcare, as well as low cost dental care. AmeriPlan medical plans starts at $49.95 per month for an entire household, with no waiting period, no upper age limits or pre-authorization for treatments. You can change physicians anytime, and many specialists also are included within the AmeriPlan medical network.
The discount healthcare plans also provide savings on diabetic supplies, physical therapy, laboratory procedures and mental health services. The AmeriPlan Healthcare plans offer low cost dental care through AmeriPlan Dental Plus, which includes considerable savings – up to 80 percent — for the entire family on dental, prescription, vision and chiropractic services.
If you have diabetes, regular dental checkups are important. Discount health plans can help ease the financial burden of high medical bills. AmeriPlan low cost dental care plans also are a great way to save money each time you visit the dental office.
AmeriPlan Healthcare plan also includes AmeriDoc program, providing you with 24-hour, seven-day-a-week phone and email access to a physician, who can provide recommendations and prescriptions if necessary.
To learn more about AmeriPlan’s discount health plans and how discount health plans can help prevent or help reduce the medical costs associated with diabetes.