Diabetes

Diabetes Resources

Whether you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with it since childhood, GatorCare has the resources to help you live your life to the fullest. Resources include a monthly online education and support group, Diabetes Self-Management Education with the UF Health Shands Diabetes Education and Nutrition Department, and more. All of these resources can be found below.

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No-Cost Diabetes Test Strips

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. (Please note: Lancets and meters are NOT included under this program. For a free Contour ® Next meter, see the next program.)

To become eligible, members will need to:

  1. Complete the one-time, 38-minute, on-demand webinar: Live Well with Diabetes: Monitoring and Medications. (Viewing instructions here.)
    1. Save a copy of the Certificate of Completion for your records.
  2. Have your doctor send a prescription to your pharmacy for Contour® or Contour® Next test strips.
    1. Prior to filling your prescription, verify with your pharmacy that the $0-member cost share has been processed.
    2. Verify that the prescription for test strips is compatible with the Contour® or Contour® Next meter you will be using.

Please Note: Enrollment may take up to three weeks from the time you complete the webinar. Don’t delay!

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on eligibility, enrollment, troubleshooting, and prescriptions. With additional questions, email gatorcare@shands.ufl.edu.

Free Contour ® Next Glucose Meter

All GatorCare Members diagnosed with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes may be eligible to participate in a free meter program if using Contour® Next test strips. Order your free Contour® Next glucose meter by calling 1-800-401-8440 and mentioning ID code CTR-OPX. Explore your glucose meter options utilizing the links below. For any questions about this program, email gatorcare@shands.ufl.edu.

Contour® Next ONE Blood Glucose Meter

Stay on top of your health data with the Contour® Diabetes app. This glucose meter seamlessly transfers your results to the app via Bluetooth technology. It also offers Second-Chance® sampling, giving up to 60 seconds to reapply more blood if the first application was insufficient to read.

Contour Next ONE Blood Glucose Meter

Contour® Next EZ Blood Glucose Meter

This meter provides tracking knowledge with 7-, 14-, and 30-day averages of your blood glucose levels. It also provides Second-Chance® sampling, which gives up to 60 seconds to reapply more blood if the first application was insufficient, limiting wasted test strips.

Contour Next EZ Blood Glucose Meter

Diabetes Education

UF Health Diabetes Education

Receive Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) or Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) with the UF Health Diabetes Education and Nutrition program. Engage in individualized nutrition and diabetes education appointments, followed by small group classes for continued support. Ask your doctor for a referral.

Nutrition Education

Diabetes University

Join Employee Wellness Jacksonville for a live virtual education series about maximizing your health while living with diabetes. Webinars will take place the third Thursday of every month at 12 p.m. and will cover topics such as nutrition, medication management, technological advances, and more.

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Diabetes Institute Resources

Learn more about diabetes, fitness, nutrition, local resources, and supportive technology from the UF Health Diabetes Institute. Resources are also available for educating children regarding diabetes.

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Additional Resources

Diabetes Research

Participate in a research study on managing diabetes complications, slowing disease progression, or optimizing treatment in early stages. Studies are for individuals with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and relatives of individuals with diabetes. Sign up for the UF Diabetes Institute Contact Registry to be eligible to participate.

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Free Type 1 Diabetes Screening

TrialNet Pathway to Prevention offers free type 1 diabetes screening to family members of individuals with type 1 diabetes meeting participation criteria. Pre-screening can identify early stages of type 1 diabetes up to 10 years before any symptoms appear, allowing for early intervention. Screening involves a simple and free blood test.

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UF Diabetes Institute

Learn about diabetes nutrition, upcoming research studies and webinars, support groups, and more. Explore the resources page and sign up for the Diabetes Institute newsletter.

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