Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and makes up 85 to 90 per cent of all diabetes cases. There is currently no cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can be managed through diet, exercise and prescribed medications including tablets and insulin injections.
If you’re looking for support to manage your condition, and you have private health insurance, there are many ways you might be able to use your cover to help.
Here are some tips on managing Type 2 Diabetes--and how Medibank might be able to help.
Visit your GP
If you think you might have Type 2 Diabetes, your first step should be to visit your GP to discuss your symptoms. Sometimes, they may refer you to other health professionals to help in the management of your condition– like a credentialed diabetes educator, dietician, podiatrist and eye specialist.
Ask about the Medibank Type 2 Diabetes Program
Medibank is piloting a new weight management program to help eligible members with type 2 diabetes lose weight and better manage their diabetes.
Developed with support from leading medical research groups The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Austin Health, the program offers participants a tailored care plan and up to 10 consultations with a dedicated team of dietitians.
There is no charge or enrolment fee to participate in the program. However, if you consult your own GP or specialist as part of routine diabetic check-ups during the program, there may be a cost if they don't bulk bill.
Follow a healthy diet
A dietitian can prescribe tailored nutrition advice for medical conditions, such as diabetes. If you have extras cover with Medibank, you may be able to claim benefits towards consultations with a dietitian*. Log in to My Medibank to check what’s included in your cover.
Another great way to control what you’re eating is to plan your own meals and cook for yourself, so check out Medibank’s Live Better website for plenty of delicious healthy recipe ideas for you to try.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly is key to preventing and managing Type 2 diabetes. Not only does exercise make you feel better, it also plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy weight. If you are looking for fun social events or something you can do at home to get your body moving, check out Live Better Activities.
Look after your feet
If you have diabetes, it's important to look after your feet, especially if you have had it for a long time. A podiatrist can provide education on how to look after them, as well as provide ongoing nail and skin care when required.
Again, if you have extras cover, your private health insurance might be able to help with costs associated with your treatment.
Protect your eyes
Because your vision and eye health can be impacted by diabetes, it’s important to make sure that you’re seeing an optometrist regularly. While your optometrist visit should usually be covered by Medicare, our extras policies can help if you need glasses. In fact, Medibank extras give you 100% back for prescription glasses and contacts with any recognised provider, up to annual limits. Some services, like lens coating, aren’t included, and you may need to serve a waiting period.
If you need to go to hospital
In some cases, complications from diabetes could lead to hospitalisation. If you end up going to hospital, make sure you’re fully informed before you go.
Medibank’s Hospital Assist is a valuable resource to prepare you for your hospital admission. You can use our Procedure Cost Estimator to estimate your costs, and find out about exclusive member services to support you through your hospital journey.
For more information, or to check that you have the best cover for your condition, talk to our team on 134 190 or chat to our friendly staff online 24/7 for advice and help with your health cover.
*Waiting periods and annual limits apply.