Top health insurer to launch lifestyle-based program for controlling type 2 diabetes


A lifestyle-based program dedicated to improving type 2 diabetes dominate — and potentially achieving diabetes remission — will soon be offered to hundreds of thousands of Americans insured with UnitedHealthcare.

As reported in a recent article by diabetes advocacy group diaTribe, UnitedHealthcare members who have been diagnosed with category 2 diabetes within the past 24 months are eligible for the Level2 program. Those who enroll in Level2 will be provided with a Dexcom G6, a incessant glucose monitor( CGM) that racetracks blood sugars in real occasion, together with a FitBit device that records daily activity.

In addition, participates will be given an app that allows them to receive personalized remote coaching from dietitians, nurses, and other diabetes experts at no additional cost.

In a press release discussing an unpublished captain study of 790 people who accomplished Level2, UnitedHealthcare reported that some participants achieved diabetes remission, which the study defined as an HbA1c below 7% without taking medication. According to that press release, to date, the program has helped eliminate the need for more than 450 prescriptions among participants.

At Diet Doctor, we view this as another mansion of the paradigm switch away from diabetes drugs and toward a lifestyle approach that not only improves blood sugar control but may in fact to be translated into diabetes remission.

Although insurance companies often cover CGMs for beings with nature 1 diabetes, they do so far less often for those with kind 2 diabetes. So we think it’s exciting that a passing healthcare insurer is providing CGMs to beings with kind 2 diabetes so they can learn how different meat and act affect their blood sugar.

With their CGM data, along with personalized instructing and support, they’ll be able to figure out what they need to do to keep their blood sugar well controlled at all times — not just first thing in the morning or two hours after feeing. For most people with category 2 diabetes, blood sugar control improves when following a low-carb lifestyle.

We applaud UnitedHealthcare for taking this important step, and we hope that other health insurers will soon offer similar programs to their members with type 2 diabetes.

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