Established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation with support from World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the health and economic threat posed by diabetes, World Diabetes Day, 14 November, became an official UN day in 2006.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, by 2035, almost 600 million of us may be living with diabetes. 415 million adults have diabetes. By 2040, this will rise to 642 million.
Increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes is associated with higher levels of urbanisation, ageing populations, more sedentary lifestyles, and unhealthy diets, including high sugar intake. Although there is not much you can do about the first two, you can make sure that you get enough exercise and keep the sugar in your diet low.
The Bestmed Diabetes care programme focuses on actively managing members with diabetes while taking into consideration any associated diseases/disorders, e.g. high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc. The programme is designed to assist the diabetic member and their dependants to live a constructive and rewarding life.
In 2019, we appointed HaloCare to administer the Bestmed Diabetes care programme. HaloCare is a managed care organisation that is fully accredited by the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS). The programme co-ordinates the different role players in diabetes disease management to achieve the best health outcomes for members. It acts as the main liaison between the member, the preferred healthcare provider and Bestmed.
The programme applies and reviews the latest clinical guidelines as recommended by national and international organisations. This is to ensure that members receive the most effective treatment plan and care for diabetes.