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Managing diabetes?

Whether you recently learned of your diagnosis or are looking for new ways to manage your health, you have the support of the Banner|Aetna team. We can help you understand and manage your diabetes for better health, today and tomorrow.

Set yourself up for success

It’s important to find the right provider to help you manage your condition. You can use the provider search, on your member portal, to find a primary care doctor or specialist you can talk with regularly. While primary care doctors provide effective treatment for diabetes, sometimes it may be a good idea to see an endocrinologist to ensure you are managing your health the best way possible.

You can also connect with registered nurses via a 24-hour hotline. We can help you get the right kind of help including care at home, finding nearby facilities and scheduling appointments. Simply call the Banner Nurse Now line at 888-747-7990 or log in to your member portal where you can find:

  • Information about doctors
  • Your plan benefits
  • Discount programs
  • And much more

Want to learn more?

Below are resources, tips and tools to help you with managing your diabetes. 

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Key resources

To start, we’ve compiled a list of useful tools and resources to help you understand and manage your diabetes. To find local diabetes care and education programs available to you, check out the Key resources section here.

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Understanding diabetes

Our bodies need insulin to help our cells produce energy, and diabetes occurs when our bodies have complications with insulin. Diabetics with Type 1 diabetes don’t produce insulin. Those with Type 2 diabetes don’t respond to insulin properly. It’s important to learn about both types as they can cause serious health issues such as blindness, heart disease or kidney disease. 

Learn more about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes with this useful diabetes article

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Take control

You can manage your diabetes through diet, exercise, emotional support, and medical guidance. To help you stay in control, make sure to:

  • Visit your doctor for regular checkups
  • Check your diabetes ABCs - A1c, Blood pressure and Cholesterol
  • Manage your Medicines and provide your care team with a list
  • Talk with your pharmacist about your medications

For additional information and strategies to help control your diabetes, see our member diabetes booklet here.

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Get support

Take a class, join a support group or talk with your diabetes care team to learn as much as possible. Understanding diabetes will help you figure out which treatment plan works for you and your lifestyle. 

Get more tips on how to manage your diabetes, with this diabetes flyer

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Keep a record

It’s important to keep a record of your test results, goals and progress to discuss with your doctor at each checkup. Managing things like your cholesterol and blood pressure can reduce your chances of having a heart attack or other problems. 

Learn more about your diabetes record and keep track here

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Tips for healthy eating

To keep you on the right path, it’s best to create a diet that supports your needs with diabetes. The diet is a healthy-eating plan unique to your needs. To start, buy healthy snacks and prepare healthy meals at home. 

Get more tips 

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Understanding and testing blood sugar levels 

Blood sugar is an important number when it comes to diabetes management. Monitoring your blood sugar helps you prevent an emergency or determine how much insulin is needed. 

To measure how much sugar is in your blood, you can perform a blood sugar test. You will need to get a drop of blood from your finger, palm or forearm. Then add your blood into a glucose meter and you’ll get your results within minutes. 

Get started 

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The benefits of exercising

To properly manage your diabetes, we recommend adding exercise to your routine. Exercising can help you keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels down and sleep better. To start, first talk to your doctor about how and when to exercise as some types of movements can be harmful if your diabetes is causing other problems.

Learn more

Stay motivated

You are not alone in your diabetes journey and it may be comforting to hear how others manage their health. Here’s a short, inspiring video on how to stay motivated from the people who understand the most – others with diabetes.

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Your mental and behavioral health

Diabetes can affect your mental, emotional and behavioral health too. Being diagnosed with diabetes can create some powerful thoughts and feelings. But you are not alone. There are millions of people who have been in the same place you are and listening to their story or talking about your diagnosis are great ways to release any negative thoughts and feelings that could hinder your health.

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Key resources to help you along your journey

Banner|Aetna offers classes, support groups and more to help you manage diabetes and take control of your health.

See Banner Health programs

The Endocrine Institute at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix can help manage diabetes with cutting-edge, highly coordinated clinical care and ongoing scientific research. 

The Endocrine Institute at Banner

MinuteClinic® at CVS®– Available to help you lose weight, on your schedule. Join the weight loss program and get a personalized plan based on specific diets.

Learn more about MinuteClinic® at CVS®

Arizona Department of Health Services - Diabetes Program is a great resource for locals in Arizona who are seeking support and guidance. 

Arizona Department of Health Services

JDRF - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation can connect you to local support and community programs close to home.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Education

The American Diabetes Association and the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases can help you find resources and tools to manage your diabetes today and for years to come.

The American Diabetes Association

The National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases

Children with Diabetes online community – If you’re a parent of a diabetic child, you can get recommendations on regimens and hear how others cope with their child’s diabetes.

Join Children with Diabetes

BeyondType1 connects diabetics who take insulin to special programs and helps them find low-cost solutions that match their unique situation.

Learn more about BeyondType1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a great resource for up-to-date information and tools on diabetes.

See the latest CDC information

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