One in three Americans is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications like kidney disease, blindness, and amputations. But type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be permanent– you can delay or even prevent it with healthy lifestyle changes. Many people with diabetes don’t know that they have it, but Medicare covers screening tests so you can find out if you do.
Tuesday, March 26 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a day that focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk. It’s also a great time to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Knowing your risk is the first step. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults.
If you have diabetes, Medicare covers many of your supplies, including insulin, test strips, monitors, lancets 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.
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.
Take control of your health—talk to your doctor today about which screening tests, supplies, and training may help you stay healthy.