November is National Diabetes Month

Nov 17, 2016
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 34 million Americans have diabetes. That’s nearly 10% of the entire country who have increased risk of developing health complications like vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and premature death. On top of this, one in four adults with diabetes is undiagnosed. Many people with diabetes don’t even know they need to change their lifestyle, let alone what that lifestyle change might be.

National Diabetes Month

That’s why, in part, November has been declared National Diabetes Month. The event is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of diabetes and help those who suffer from it learn from each other’s experiences. Whether or not you or someone you know has diabetes, now is the time to become an advocate for prevention and support.

If you are interested in learning more about diabetes, especially in Nevada, check out this article, where we shared four great tools for helping those who struggle with the disease. You can also join the national support movement by visiting the American Diabetes Association’s website.

In case you missed it, World Diabetes Day was November 14 this year. The theme was “Eyes on Diabetes” and we are encouraged to focus on promoting the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis and reduce the risk of serious complications throughout the year.

Just remember, if you or someone you know has diabetes, you can’t afford not to be covered. If you or a loved one currently don’t have health insurance, Nevada Health Link is here to help. As part of a Qualifying Life Event (QLE), you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). In other words, certain life events or situations, such as job loss, income change, marriage/divorce or birth/adoption of a child, may allow you to enroll in an insurance plan through Nevada Health Link outside of the annual open enrollment period.

All of our health plans exist to reduce the costs of health insurance and make sure you are covered. We’re always to help, so don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.