Diabetes basics

Before you begin selling Aspire, it’s important to understand what it means to be living with diabetes.

Diabetes basics

Before you begin selling Aspire, it’s important to understand what it means to be living with diabetes.

Diabetes affects people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and income levels.

People living with diabetes may feel a stigma that adds to the stress and anxiety of managing their health

People living with diabetes often find it difficult to navigate resources, and find tools and resources that can really improve their quality of life

Prediabetes

Prediabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Left unmanaged, prediabetes can progress into type 2 diabetes.

Type 1

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to get sugar (glucose) into cells so they can produce energy. Overtime, the impact of type 1 diabetes can affect major organs. While there is no cure for type 1 diabetes, it can be managed with insulin therapy, diet and exercise.

Type 2

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn't use insulin correctly or doesn't produce enough insulin to move sugar into cells. The pancreas compensates by producing more and more insulin but overtime can't keep up and blood sugar (glucose) levels get too high. Long-term complications can be life-threatening. Type 2 diabetes can be managed through healthy eating, exercise and in some cases, medication.

Diabetes in America

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With Aspire, we’re rewarding people who are living with diabetes for the things they are already doing every day to manage their diabetes and stay healthy, including:

Managing their HbA1c levels

Aspire members can earn Vitality Points for submitting a healthy or improved HbA1c result.

Daily Exercise

Many people living with diabetes exercise regularly and can earn points and rewards without making any lifestyle changes. For your clients who need a little more incentive, John Hancock Vitality might be just what they need to get started on a routine that works for them.

Daily Exercise

Many people living with diabetes exercise regularly and can earn points and rewards without making any lifestyle changes. For your clients who need a little more incentive, John Hancock Vitality might be just what they need to get started on a routine that works for them.

Eating Healthy

Through the HealthyFood Benefit your clients can earn up to 25% off on qualified purchases or Vitality Points for making smart choices at the grocery store.1 They can also access nutrition webinars to help learn more about how certain foods impact their bodies and overall health.

Helpful terms

Also referred to as A1c, this is a longer-term gauge of a person’s diabetes management (as opposed to a blood glucose reading which offers a moment-in-time perspective). Results are reported as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the higher a person’s blood sugar levels over the past two to three months.

Source: American Diabetes Association

Glucose is the main sugar found in the blood and the body's main source of energy. Also called blood sugar. A blood glucose reading offers a look at how well-managed a person’s diabetes is at that precise moment (as opposed to an HbA1c reading which offers longer-term insights).

Source: American Diabetes Association

Also called a BGM — a small, portable machine used by people with diabetes to check their blood sugar levels. Testing a small drop of blood, the meter (or monitor) soon displays the blood sugar level as a number on the meter's digital display.

Source: American Diabetes Association

Also called a CGM — a monitor that a user wears continuously and takes blood glucose readings at regular intervals throughout the day to give greater insight into how daily choices related to meals and activity impact their blood glucose levels.

Source: Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring

A hormone that helps the body use glucose for energy. When the body cannot make enough insulin, it can be taken by injection or through use of an insulin pump.

Source: American Diabetes Association

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  1. HealthyFood savings are only available with Vitality PLUS, are based on qualifying purchases and may vary based on the terms of the John Hancock Vitality program. 

 

Aspire is not available in New York, Washington, Idaho and Puerto Rico.

The benefits available under Aspire can vary depending on whether the insured has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, the type and coverage amount of the life insurance policy purchased and the level of Onduo engagement with the John Hancock Vitality Program. Eligibility for an Onduo membership is also subject to Onduo’s qualification requirements. Certain aspects of Aspire may change over time. There is no coordination between Aspire and any health benefits you may receive from an insurance policy, health plan, or any other wellness programs you may be enrolled in.

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