Diabetes care at an ideal price

A diabetes management firm is offering free “virtual” care to the first 1,000 Georgians with Type 2 diabetes to sign up for the program.

The promotion by Onduo, announced Tuesday, is part of the Massachusetts-based company’s effort to honor Diabetes Awareness Month this month.

Georgians can register and learn how to qualify at www.onduo.com/GA or call 1-833-HiOnduo (446-6386).

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the pancreas’ ability to produce insulin, which helps regulate the glucose level in the blood. With diabetes, the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin to go throughout the body, does not produce any insulin at all, or produces insulin that the body rejects.

More than 1 in 10 Georgia adults have diabetes. That’s more than 1 million people. Nationally, 14 percent of U.S. adults have diabetes, with 10 percent knowing they have it and more than 4 percent still undiagnosed.

Onduo already operates a virtual diabetes clinic in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia. Blue Cross members receive supplies that include a connected blood glucose monitor, at-home A1c (blood glucose) kit and test strips. They are also hooked up with an Onduo “coach’’ to help them manage the disease. (Here’s a recent GHN article on the program.)

An app gives patients a picture of what their sugar levels do throughout the day.  The diabetes management team can analyze the data and offer guidance regarding diet, activity, lifestyle habits and medication management.