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It’s important to take care of chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Your doctor can help you prevent or delay complications from these common conditions. Your CarePlus plan covers certain tests and benefits designed for chronic condition care. Select the name of each condition to see covered test and benefits. Ask your primary care physician if these activities are right for you.1
Measure and track your blood sugar and glucose level on your own.
CarePlus covers and makes available diabetic monitoring supplies (e.g., lancets, blood glucose strips, glucometers, etc.) through your plan’s retail network pharmacies, via your plan’s preferred mail-order pharmacy, or through other pharmacies in our network. Authorization rules may apply. Refer to your Evidence of Coverage for more information.
Diet and Exercise
Regular exercise and weight loss can help prevent diabetes-related conditions and complications.
all CarePlus plans include the SilverSneakers® fitness program. SilverSneakers (link opens in new window) offers classes geared toward older adults to help improve strength and flexibility. Talk to your doctor before beginning any fitness and/or exercise program. For more information, visit our page about SilverSneakers and physical well-being.
Blood Pressure Test
Dilated Retinal Eye Exam
Kidney Disease (Nephropathy) Screening
The above refers to general health-related information and is not a substitute for professional health care. For individualized medical guidance, talk to your doctor.
11About Chronic Diseases. (2021, April 28). Retrieved on April 26, 2022, from Centers for Disease Control, https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/index.htm (link opens in new window)
22Diabetes Complications: Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. (2022). Retrieved 26, 2022, from American Diabetes Association, https://diabetes.org/diabetes/high-blood-pressure (link opens in new window)
33Diabetes complications and risks. (2021, May 4). Retrieved April 26, 2022, from American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/diabetes/diabetes-complications-and-risks (link opens in new window)
44Chronic Kidney Disease (Nephropathy). (2022) Retrieved April 26, 2022, from American Diabetes Association, https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/chronic-kidney-disease (link opens in new window)
55Screening for Kidney Disease in Adults With Diabetes. (2005, July 1). Retrieved April 26, 2022, 2022, from American Diabetes Association, https://diabetesjournals.org/care/article/28/7/1813/27976/Screening-for-Kidney-Disease-in-Adults-With (link opens in new window)
Almost 50 percent of American adults suffer from high blood pressure. It can be difficult to detect because it has no obvious symptoms. Undetected high blood pressure can adversely affect your health and injure vital organs like your heart, brain, and kidneys. You and your doctor should check your blood pressure regularly.2
|Blood Pressure Category||Systolic Mm Hg (Upper Number)||Diastolic Mm Hg (Lower Number)|
|Normal||Less than 120||And|
|High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): Stage 1||130-139||Or|
|High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): Stage 2||140 or Higher||Or|
|Hypertensive Crisis: CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY||180 or Higher||And/Or|
Note: A medical professional must make or confirm a diagnosis of high blood pressure, which may vary based on age and diagnosis. The above chart categorizes blood pressure values recognized by the American Heart Association. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, taking medication as prescribed and making adjustments to your lifestyle such as eating healthier and exercising* can help lower the risks associated with high blood pressure.
*The above refers to general health-related information and is not a substitute for professional health care. For individualized medical guidance, talk to your doctor.
1Changes You Can Make to Manage High Blood Pressure. (2017, November 30). Retrieved April 26, 2022, American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/
%20physical%20activity%20Manage%20stress (link opens in new window)
2The Facts About High Blood Pressure. (2017, November 30). Retrieved April 26, 2022, American Heart Association, http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/
GettheFactsAboutHighBloodPressure/The-Facts-About-High-Blood-Pressure_UCM_002050_Article.jsp#.WntVN5WWxIm (link opens in new window)
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that your liver produces. It is also found in many foods. Cholesterol plays an important part in keeping your body working, but having too much (or high) cholesterol is bad.6
The Three Parts of Cholesterol
|What You CAN Control:||What You CANNOT Control:|
|Avoid eating foods high in fat, like pre-packaged baked goods and processed meat (e.g., hot dogs, sausage, bologna, etc.).||Family history – Genetics plays a large role in your health.|
|Eat healthy food, like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and food high in fiber.||Age – As a person ages, LDL cholesterol levels tend to rise.|
|Exercise regularly – the American Heart Association recommends between 30 and 45 minutes of moderate-intensity activity at least three times every week.|
1. LDL and HDL: “Bad” and “Good” Cholesterol. (2020, January 31). Retrieved April 26, 2022, from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/ldl_hdl.htm (link opens in new window)
Knowing Your Risk for High Cholesterol. (2020, January 31). Retrieved April 26, 2022, from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/risk_factors.htm (link opens in new window))
Prevention and Treatment of High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia). (November 11, 2020). Retrieved April 26, 2022, from American Heart Association, www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/prevention-and-treatment-of-high-cholesterol-hyperlipidemia (link opens in new window)
National Cholesterol Education Program. Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III) Final Report.
Hypertriglyceridemia Management According to the 2018 AHA/ACC Guideline. (2019, January 11). Retrieved April 26, 2022, from American College of Cardiology, https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2019/01/11/07/39/hypertriglyceridemia-management-according-to-the-2018-aha-acc-guideline (link opens in new window)
Cholesterol Numbers; What Do They Mean. (July 31, 2020). Retrieved April 26, 2020, from Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/11920-cholesterol-numbers-what-do-they-mean (link opens in new window)
Cholesterol Medications. (November 11, 2020) Retrieved April 26, 2022, from American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/prevention-and-treatment-of-high-cholesterol-hyperlipidemia/cholesterol-medications (link opens in new window)
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