Diabetes affects 22 million people in the U.S.âare you one of them? Tuesday, March 22 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and itâs a great time to take theÂ Diabetes Risk TestÂ to find out if youâre at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a disease where blood glucose levels are higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults.
Many people with diabetes donât know that they have it, butÂ Medicare covers screening testsÂ so you can find out if you do.
If you have diabetes,Â Medicare covers many of your supplies, includingÂ insulin,Â test strips,Â monitors, lancetsÂ andÂ control solutions. In some cases, Medicare also coversÂ therapeutic shoesÂ if you have diabetic foot problems. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for these supplies.
Medicare also coversÂ diabetes self-management trainingÂ 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.
Take control of your healthâtalk to your doctor today about screening tests and what supplies and training may help you stay healthy.