In observance of National Diabetes Month this November, Fidelis Care, a statewide health plan serving more than 2.3 million members, is focused on helping those with diabetes enjoy the upcoming holiday meals and traditions while managing their disease. While temptations and sweet treats may abound this time of year, some strategic meal planning and sticking to a game plan can make the holidays a less stressful time for the 1.6 million New Yorkers living with diabetes.
Fidelis Care announced today a partnership with God’s Love We Deliver, the New York City metropolitan area’s leading provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illness. Select clinical partners and primary care providers will refer eligible Fidelis Care members with chronic health conditions to receive home-delivered meals from God’s Love We Deliver free of cost, regardless of income.
Fidelis Care, in partnership with New York City Football Club, is launching its newest “Lunchology” menu, featuring healthy, fun, and creative recipe ideas to help fuel busy families on the go – particularly as a new school year begins.
Chances are that you know someone with diabetes who has developed a long term complication of the disease, like heart disease, stroke, impaired vision or blindness, kidney failure, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, foot problems, skin infections, and/or sexual problems.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes yourself, you may feel that you will also develop one or more of these complications. What you may not know is that by keeping a healthy lifestyle, taking preventive actions, creating a plan with your doctor, and building diabetes self-management skills, you will have the power to prevent, or greatly reduce your risk of complications.
Glucose (sugar) is your body’s normal source of energy. When the body doesn’t have enough insulin to use glucose the right way for fuel, it starts to break down fat for energy. Burning a lot of fat very quickly causes a buildup of acids, called “ketones,” which can become toxic to many of the body’s key functions. When ketone levels become too high, it can lead to a severe, and potentially life-threatening condition, called diabetic ketoacidosis or DKA.