Dangers, Decisions, and Diabetes

Senior Choosing Cake or AppleWith diabetes affecting millions of people each year, make it a goal to protect yourself.

According to the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. With that being said, it’s important to know how your family history, ethnicity and age play a role in your health.

Medicare covers supplies and self-management training to help you manage your diabetes. Many people with diabetes don’t know that they have it – and Medicare covers screening tests so you can find out if you do.

If you’re at high risk for developing diabetes, Medicare covers up to two fasting blood glucose (blood sugar) tests each year. If your doctor accepts assignment, you pay nothing for this test. You may be at high risk for diabetes if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, or a family history of diabetes. Talk to your doctor to find out when you should get your free screening test.

If you have diabetes, Medicare covers many of your supplies, including test strips, monitors, and control solutions. In some cases, Medicare also covers therapeutic shoes if you have diabetic foot problems. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for these supplies. Also, a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan can actually help you pay the additional 20% deductible.

Medicare also covers diabetes self-management training to help you learn how to better manage your diabetes. You can learn how to monitor your blood sugar, control your diet, exercise, and manage your prescriptions. Talk to your doctor about how this training can help you stay healthy and avoid serious complications.

You can also find some self management tools such as these, found on the website for the American Diabetes Association.

Take control of your health – talk to your doctor today about screening tests and what supplies and training you may need for your health.

Protecting your health is something we, here at MedicareMall, take very seriously. That’s why we make it our goal to take the mystery out of medicare and find the best Medicare Supplement Insurance plan for you. Just contact us now for your free quote.

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