Diabetes

Signs of diabetes

«I'm constantly thirsty and frequently have to go to the toilet. I feel listless and often have halitosis. Are these symptoms of diabetes?»

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Typical signs of diabetes are a burning thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, weight loss and weakness. These diabetes symptoms develop gradually and often largely unnoticed. If you notice that you have these diabetes symptoms, it is high time to take action.

There is quite a lot you can do to prevent diabetes and to improve your blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes symptoms are particularly likely if a person is overweight, has an excessive waist circumference and fails to get enough exercise. Diabetes symptoms should be taken particularly seriously if there is a history of diabetes in the family.

Measuring and monitoring blood glucose levels

If you notice that you have signs of diabetes, are over 45, are overweight and lead a sedentary lifestyle, you should have your blood glucose level measured regularly. Your GP or pharmacist can do this for you. The medical professional you consult will also be able to tell you how often you should measure your blood glucose level.

Reviewing your lifestyle

If you have symptoms of diabetes, it is recommended that you review your lifestyle. Do you really have a healthy diet? Do you get enough exercise? Eating a healthy diet and getting physical exercise is an important step towards improving your blood glucose levels. Eat carbohydrates in moderation, drink a lot of water or unsweetened tea and go easy on sugary foods.

What can Helsana do for you?

If you've taken out BeneFit PLUS Telemedicine insurance, please contact the Medgate Telemedicine Centre on the free phone number 0800 800 090 before consulting a doctor.

If you've taken out PREMED-24 insurance, please call the free phone number 0800 773 633 before consulting a doctor.

Helsana also offers free phone consultations on complementary medicine. Our specialists will explain which treatment is the right one for you and, for example, what you can do to guard against diabetes. Dial the free phone number 0800 100 590.

Your GP will give you further help

If you have symptoms of diabetes, your GP should be your first port of call. He or she can assess your symptoms and advise you on how to proceed. Depending on the findings, the doctor will draw up a treatment plan, which also includes regular blood glucose measurements. If necessary, he or she will refer you to a specialist. The basic insurance covers the costs for blood glucose checks by a GP or hospital as well as the laboratory costs for their assessment.

Support for your health

If you have taken out SANA or COMPLETA supplementary insurance, you can benefit from contributions to health-promoting measures. These include, for example, fitness programmes and weight-reduction programmes with integrated dietary and exercise tips.

Helsana will pay up to 75% of the costs of health-promoting measures up to CHF 200 per calendar year. In total, the two supplementary insurance policies will cover the costs for health-promoting measures up to CHF 500 per calendar year.

Fitness offers

SANA
75% up to CHF 200

Choose a method and a provider that is recognised by us. Both are of high quality.

You will receive 75% of costs up to CHF 200 per calendar year for health-promoting fitness offers such as weight training at a fitness centre (fitness centre membership), fitness courses, aquafitness, etc.

Conditions:

  • The course is recognised by us.
  • The course instructor is recognised by us.
  • The fitness centre is recognised by us.

Product information:
SANA
COMPLETA
75% up to CHF 200

Choose a method and a provider that is recognised by us. Both are of high quality.

You will receive 75% of costs up to CHF 200 per calendar year for health-promoting fitness offers such as weight training at a fitness centre (fitness centre membership), fitness courses, aquafitness, etc.

Conditions:

  • The course is recognised by us.
  • The course instructor is recognised by us.
  • The fitness centre is recognised by us.

Product information:
COMPLETA

Courses offered by Helsana and its partners

SANA
75% up to CHF 200

You receive 75% of the costs of various health seminars, healthy eating and weight reduction courses (e.g. Weight Watchers) and 8-week MSBR courses, up to CHF 200 per calendar year.

Conditions:

  • The course is recognised by us.
  • MBSR courses are carried out by recognised teachers.

Product information:
SANA
COMPLETA
75% up to CHF 200

You receive 75% of the costs of various health seminars, healthy eating and weight reduction courses (e.g. Weight Watchers) and 8-week MSBR courses, up to CHF 200 per calendar year.

Conditions:

  • The course is recognised by us.
  • MBSR courses are carried out by recognised teachers.

Product information:
COMPLETA

Back and body-wellness courses

COMPLETA
75% up to CHF 200.–

It is important to us to provide a high level of quality in our health promotion offering, and we base our choices on internal and external quality criteria.

You receive 75% of costs up to CHF 200 per calendar year for selected back and body wellness courses known for their effective prevention.

Conditions:

  • The course is recognised by us.
  • The course is run by a recognised course instructor.

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COMPLETA

Complementary (alternative medicine)

Basic insurance
Defined methods

You receive contributions towards the costs of the following types of complementary medicine:

  • Anthroposophic medicine
  • Classical homoeopathy
  • Phytotherapy
  • Pharmacotherapy within traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
  • Acupuncture

Please ensure that your doctor holds a recognised certificate of competence awarded by the Swiss Medical Association (FMH) for these methods.

The costs are refunded according to the tariff in the canton where the person lives or the tariff for his work location.


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SANA
75% of the costs (outpatient), 100% up to CHF 5000.- (inpatient)

For longer-term treatments, we will examine the medical necessity and request a report from your doctor or therapist.

Outpatient treatment

You receive 75% of the costs of complementary medicines and therapies, such as osteopathy, kinesiology, acupuncture massage and Bach flower therapy, provided there is an established medical necessity.

Inpatient treatment

You receive 100% of the costs of complementary medicines and therapies, provided there is an established medical necessity, up to CHF 5,000 per calendar year.

Conditions:

  • Your doctor, naturopath or complementary therapist is recognised by us.
  • The therapy method is recognised by us and mentioned on the list "Recognised therapeutic methods in complementary medicine".
  • The medicine is provided or prescribed by a doctor or by a naturopath recognised by us and are approved by the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products Swissmedic for the treatment of the existing illness. (Medications on the list of pharmaceutical products with a special application (LPPV) are excluded).
  • The inpatient treatment is prescribed by a doctor and is performed in a medical institution or convalescent facility recognised by us.

Product information:
SANA
COMPLETA
75% of the costs (outpatient), 100% up to CHF 5000.- (inpatient)

For longer-term treatments, we will examine the medical necessity and request a report from your doctor or therapist.

Outpatient treatment

You receive 75% of the costs of complementary medicines and therapies, such as osteopathy, kinesiology, acupuncture massage and Bach flower therapy, provided there is an established medical necessity.

Inpatient treatment

You receive 100% of the costs of complementary medicines and therapies, provided there is an established medical necessity, up to CHF 5,000 per calendar year.

Conditions:

  • Your doctor, naturopath or complementary therapist is recognised by us.
  • The therapy method is recognised by us and to find on the list "Recognised special forms of treatment" or "Recognised therapeutic methods in complementary medicine".
  • The medicine is provided or prescribed by a doctor or by a naturopath recognised by us and are approved by the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products Swissmedic for the treatment of the existing illness. (Medications on the list of pharmaceutical products with a special application (LPPV) are excluded).
  • The inpatient treatment is prescribed by a doctor and is performed in a medical institution or convalescent facility recognised by us.

Product information:
COMPLETA