You Have So Much to Live For

Don’t Let a Chronic Condition Get in Your Way

Look around. 6 in 10 U.S. adults have a chronic disease; 4 in 10 have two or more. [Source: CDC] That means almost every other adult you see has a chronic health condition, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, or anxiety.

These are issues that last at least one year, require ongoing medical attention, and often limit daily activities. Chronic conditions also increase the risk of illness and death:

  • Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases cause 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S.
  • Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and stroke and can lead to other serious complications, such as kidney failure, blindness, and amputation of a toe, foot, or leg.
  • Obesity, diabetes with complications, anxiety disorders, and having more than one chronic condition significantly increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

Here’s Help if You Have a Chronic Condition

Your Health Plan helps you reduce your health risks by learning to manage your chronic condition(s). You’ll get the support you need to make healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a balanced diet, being more active, or quitting smoking, all of which can greatly improve your quality of life.

Livongo Diabetes Management helps you work with a coach by phone for personalized support with making lifestyle changes. Or chat online anytime with a coach through the Livongo app or website. You can also work with a registered dietitian to create a healthy eating plan. (And yes, you get free strips and lancets automatically delivered to your home!) It’s completely confidential and there’s no cost to you. To learn more, visit join. (registration code: BLEDSOE) or call (800) 945-4355.

Regence Care Management provides one-on-one support for all kinds of chronic conditions, including cancer, behavioral health issues and musculoskeletal conditions. You’ll work with experienced registered nurses, social workers and behavioral health specialists who provide information and resources in addition to your doctor’s treatment plan. To learn more, sign in on or call (866) 543-5765.

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