Diabetes

GatorCare has resources for preventing the onset of diabetes and managing your condition if you are already diagnosed.

Prediabetes Risk Assessment Survey

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a diagnosed condition where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. This increases your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and/or other chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. The good news is that this condition is preventable and manageable.

According to the CDC, prediabetes affects nearly 88 million people, yet 84%  of those people don’t know they even have it. Are you one of those 88 million? Take the Prediabetes Risk Assessment Survey to find out.

No-Cost Diabetes Test Strips Program

Contour Brand Test Strips at no cost to you!

All GatorCare Members diagnosed with Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes may be eligible to receive Contour or Contour Next Test Strips AT NO COST for the 2021 benefit year!

To become eligible, members will need to:

  • Complete the one-time, 38-minute On-Demand Webinar, titled Live Well with Diabetes: Monitoring and Medications. Need help accessing the webinar? View the instructions here.
  • Save a copy of the Certificate of Completion for your records.
  • Have your doctor send a prescription to your pharmacy for Contour or Contour Next Test Strips.*
  • Enrollment may take up to three weeks from the time you completed the webinar.
    • Check with your pharmacy that the $0-member cost share is processed prior to filling your prescription.

*Please Note: Ensure the prescription for test strips is compatible with the Contour or Contour Next Meter you will be using.

Have any questions?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on enrollment, prescription or pharmacy information, glucometer help, and tech support or email us at gatorcare@shands.ufl.edu.


Managing Your Condition

Receive Formal Diabetes Education

Learn how to manage your condition with glucose monitoring, nutrition, medication management, skin/foot/dental care, and lifestyle modifications. Even if you have received diabetes education in the past, you are eligible for a refresher course each year. For more information contact your doctor for a referral for Diabetes Self-Management Education.

Starting January 1, 2019, the Tier 1 Deductible will be waived for Gainesville GatorCare members receiving Diabetes Self-Management Education through the UF Health Shands Diabetes Education and Nutrition Department.

Coinsurance still applies. Healthy Rewards HRA/HSA compatible plans are not eligible for this benefit.

Download the flyer to view the benefits.

Talk to a Health Coach

Receive free telephonic health coaching using the Health Dialog program through Florida Blue at 1-877-789-2583. The health coaches can refer eligible members into disease management programs when applicable.

To enroll in a No-Cost Florida Blue Care Management Program, call 844-730-2563 (844-730-BLUE) or click here for more information.

Find out if you are at risk for developing Type I diabetes

The TrialNet Type 1 Diabetes Research Group at the University of Florida is screening relatives of people with Type 1 diabetes, as part of research, to find out if these family members are at risk for developing diabetes. A simple blood test could detect an increased risk for type 1 diabetes up to 10 years before symptoms appear. You may be eligible to join research studies that are testing ways to prevent or delay Type I Diabetes.

Who can participate?

  • First-degree relatives (children, siblings, parents) of people with type I diabetes between the ages of 1-45.
  • Second-degree relatives (aunts/uncles, cousins, nieces/nephews, grandchildren, half-siblings) of people with type I diabetes between the ages of 1-20.

If interested, please contact Jennifer Hosford at 352-294-5759 or toll free at 877-343-2377. You can also e-mail jennifer.hosford@peds.ufl.edu.

Get More Information Online

Visit the American Diabetes Association for more information on living with diabetes, treatment options, medications, recipes and more! The ADA can also answer any of your diabetes questions over the phone at 1-800-DIABETES or online with their online chat feature.

View additional nutrition resources from GatorCare.