Fall 2019 Individual and Family Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the newest issue of Health Matters. We hope you’re enjoying the cooler Fall temperatures and getting ready to cheer for your favorite football team! In this issue, we are busting myths about Diabetes, answering frequently asked questions about Mammograms and providing a delicious recipe for Turkey and spinach Pinwheels. Two important reminders: Flu season is coming, so please be sure to get your flu vaccine in October. Open Enrollment begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. If you have any questions about your coverage, visit ChristusHealthPlan.org or Healthcare.gov.

As always, if you ever have any questions, please feel free to call Member Services at 1-844-282-3025. Nothing means more to us than knowing we’ve helped make our members’ lives better. We hope you’ll let your friends and family know about us as we enter Open Enrollment and people consider their health care options.

In good health,

Nancy Horstmann
Chief Executive Officer
CHRISTUS Health Plan

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Diabetes Myths: Busted

On behalf of the millions of Americans who live with or are at risk for diabetes, CHRISTUS Health Plan is committed to helping our members understand this chronic disease. In honor of American Diabetes Month (November), we hope you’ll learn more about the disease by allowing us to bust some myths.

If you’re overweight, will you always develop Type 2 diabetes?Being overweight is a risk factor for developing diabetes, but other risk factors such as physical activitylevel, family history, ethnicity, and age also play roles. Many people with Type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or moderately overweight.

Is diabetes a serious disease?

Yes. Diabetes causes more deaths each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined, and having diabetes nearly doubles your chance of having a heart attack. However, managing your diabetes can reduce your risk for diabetes complications.

Do people with diabetes need to eat special foods?

A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is generally the same as healthy eating for anyone - low in saturated fat, moderate in salt and sugar, with meals based on lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and fruit.

Can people with diabetes eat sweets or chocolate?

If eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by people with diabetes. They are no more “off limits” to people with diabetes than they are to people without diabetes.

Does taking insulin mean you’re failing to take care of your diabetes?

Using insulin to get blood glucose levels to a healthy level is a good thing, not a bad thing. For most people, Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease. When first diagnosed, many people can keep their blood glucose at a healthy level with meal planning, physical activity, and taking oral medications. Over time, the body gradually produces less of its own insulin, and eventually oral medications may not be enough to keep blood glucose levels in a healthy range.

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