Diabetes

Diagnosis of type 1 diabetes

«I've been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I'm afraid. Although there have been cases of diabetes in my family, I'm shocked. What should I do?»

Diagnose Diabetes Typ 1

A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is difficult to accept, whether it affects you or your child. However, the diagnosis is no reason to lose your optimism and joy in life. Around 24,000 people in Switzerland have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

We recommend that you talk about it with family members or other people you trust. Exchanging information with diabetics in person or through blogs or forums can also help you come to terms with your new circumstances.

What should I do if I have type 1 diabetes?

At present, this form of diabetes due to an insulin deficiency cannot be healed, but it can be effectively treated by administering insulin. The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes means that the diabetic must inject insulin throughout his or her life. These insulin injections in combination with a controlled consumption of carbohydrates are the optimum way to manage your blood glucose level. This is vital, because it prevents metabolic crises such as hypoglycaemic or hyperglycaemic attacks.

Managing your blood glucose level can also prevent or delay diabetic complications such as eye diseases, nerve damage, kidney disorders or arteriosclerosis. Type 1 diabetics should be aware that in some circumstances their wounds will not heal properly, they may not feel pressure points and their sense of touch may be impaired.

Treatments for type 1 diabetes

The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes means that your blood glucose level has to be measured regularly, i.e. three to six times a day. Insulin therapy will become a constant part of your life. Reliable and handy test devices with test strips are available for measuring blood glucose levels. Insulin is administered, for example, with the help of disposable or reusable pens, practical injection aids in the shape of a ballpoint pen. Alternatively, an insulin pump can be used, which is connected to the subcutaneous tissue of the abdomen through a narrow tube. Ask your GP for advice.

Balancing insulin administration and diet

Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes means that you will have to adapt your eating habits. The aim will be to adjust them to your insulin therapy so that your blood glucose level does not dip too low or rise too high. For example, the body needs more insulin after a meal to ensure the blood glucose level doesn't rise too high. Your medical professional will advise you on drawing up a diet plan that is geared to your individual requirements or those of your child.

With time and experience, diabetics become experts in balancing their insulin administration and diet.

Exercise: beware of hypoglycaemia

Physical activity has no therapeutic effect on type 1 diabetes. However, a healthy amount of exercise promotes physical and mental well-being in type 1 diabetics. This also applies to children with diabetes. It does them good to get exercise outdoors, race against others, cycle or play ball. However, if you are a diabetic and enjoy exercise, you will need to adjust your insulin administration and, if necessary, also your diet. The biggest danger associated with intensive physical activity is hypoglycaemia.

There are no hard-and-fast rules for avoiding harmful swings in your blood glucose level during physical activity. Consult your medical professional and include his/her recommendations in your treatment plan.

What can Helsana do for you?

The more you know about diabetes the better

The Swiss Diabetes Association will help you to deal with the condition if you have been diagnosed with diabetes. During your diabetes consultations, you will learn everything you need to know to follow a healthy diet, prevent complications, check your blood and urinary glucose levels yourself, and handle therapeutic aids safely. The basic insurance covers the costs of any sessions you may require with a recognised specialist, minus the deductible and copayment.

Diabetes medication, products and measuring systems

Provided that a medical prescription can be produced, the basic insurance will cover the costs for insulin and test strips up to the legally defined number, minus the deductible and copayment.

Helsana customers benefit from a special offer for diabetes products: With your first order of a diabetes starter pack from dynamiCARE, a contractual partner of Helsana, you will receive all the components required for 200 blood glucose measurements. You can also purchase blood glucose meters, lancets, injection aids and test strips at discounted prices. In addition, dynamiCARE grants a 20% discount on the starter pack and a 15% discount on subsequent orders and orders of individual products across the entire range.

Medicinal plants and gentle methods of complementary medicine for diabetes

Complementary medicine offers medicinal plants for diabetes that have a positive effect on blood glucose levels. If you are interested, for example, in natural therapeutic methods to complement conventional medical approaches, you should contact a non-medical practitioner of Traditional European Naturopathy (TEN) or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Your supplementary insurance will cover a percentage of the costs for medicinal plants for the treatment of diabetes and complementary medical treatments. Methods such as bioresonance therapy and dietary counselling can also be beneficial. You can reach our specialists for complementary medicine on our free phone number 0800 100 590.

Healthy feet thanks to proper care

Type 1 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of open wounds. You should therefore take particularly good care of your feet and consult a specially trained professional.

The basic insurance covers the costs of medical foot care for diabetics by Spitex or a qualified professional. If you are treated by a recognised podiatrist with appropriate further training, i.e. a specialist in medical foot care, the TOP, OMNIA or COMPLETA supplementary insurance will pay a percentage of the fee, provided that the treatment is prescribed by a doctor. Podiatrists work hand in hand with GPs, orthopaedists, wound clinics and Spitex.

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 course and a provider that is recognised by us.

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

Conditions:

  • The course, the provider and the fitness centre, respectively, are recognised by us.
  • Fitness center in offices of physiotherapists, hospitals, doctors and chiropractors are recognized by us

Product information:
SANA
COMPLETA
75% up to CHF 200

Choose a course and a provider that is recognised by us.

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

Conditions:

  • The course, the provider and the fitness centre, respectively, are recognised by us.
  • Fitness center in offices of physiotherapists, hospitals, doctors and chiropractors are recognized by us.

Product information:
COMPLETA

Courses offered by Helsana and its partners

SANA
75% up to CHF 200

Choose a course, a programme or a seminar that is recognised by us.

You receive 75% of the costs of various health seminars, healthy eating and weight reduction courses (e.g. Weight Watchers),eight weeks MSBR courses and fall prevention programmes etc., up to CHF 200 per calendar year.

Conditions:

  • The course, the programme, the seminar is recognised by us.
  • MBSR courses are carried out by recognised teachers.

Product information:
SANA
COMPLETA
75% up to CHF 200

Choose a course, a programme or a seminar that is recognised by us.

You receive 75% of the costs of various health seminars, healthy eating and weight reduction courses (e.g. Weight Watchers),eight weeks MSBR courses and fall prevention programmes etc., up to CHF 200 per calendar year.

Conditions:

  • The course, the programme, the seminar is recognised by us.
  • MBSR courses are carried out by recognised teachers.

Product information:
COMPLETA

Back and body-wellness courses

SANA
75% up to CHF 200.–

Choose a course and a provider that is recognised by us.

You receive 75% of costs up to CHF 200 per calendar year for selected back and body wellness courses ( Alexander technique, pelvic floor training, Feldenkrais).

Conditions:

  • The course and the provider is recognised by us.
  • The course is run by physiotherapists.

Product information:
SANA
COMPLETA
75% up to CHF 200.–

Choose a course and a provider that is recognised by us.

You receive 75% of costs up to CHF 200 per calendar year for selected back and body wellness courses (Alexander technique, pelvic floor training, Feldenkrais).

Conditions:

  • The course and the provider is recognised by us.
  • The course is run by physiotherapists.

Product information:
COMPLETA

Foot care

Basic insurance
100%

You can claim the costs of medical foot care (chiropody) if you are a diabetic and the treatment is performed by Spitex or a qualified care specialist under a contract.


TOP
75% up to CHF 3'000.-

75% of the costs for medical foot care, podology, shall be covered (hourly rates up to CHF 110).

Conditions:

  • Treatment is provided by an accredited chiropodist who is a member of a chiropodists' association and is additionally qualified to treat diabetics.
  • Treatment has been prescribed by a doctor.
  • The precise diagnosis is stated in the prescription.

If you do not have diabetes and need foot treatments, please ask us in advance whether and under what conditions you would receive a contribution to help cover the costs from your supplementary insurance policies.


Product information:
TOP
COMPLETA
75% up to CHF 4'500.-

75% of the costs for medical foot care, podology, shall be covered (hourly rates up to CHF 110).

Conditions:

  • Treatment is provided by an accredited chiropodist who is a member of a chiropodists' association and is additionally qualified to treat diabetics.
  • Treatment has been prescribed by a doctor.
  • The precise diagnosis is stated in the prescription.

If you do not have diabetes and need foot treatments, please ask us in advance whether and under what conditions you would receive a contribution to help cover the costs from your supplementary insurance policies.


Product information:
COMPLETA
OMNIA
75% up to CHF 3'000.-

75% of the costs for medical foot care, podology, shall be covered (hourly rates up to CHF 110).

Conditions:

  • Treatment is provided by an accredited chiropodist who is a member of a chiropodists' association and is additionally qualified to treat diabetics.
  • Treatment has been prescribed by a doctor.
  • The precise diagnosis is stated in the prescription.

If you do not have diabetes and need foot treatments, please ask us in advance whether and under what conditions you would receive a contribution to help cover the costs from your supplementary insurance policies.


Product information:
OMNIA

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.


TOP

Product information:
TOP
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