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Do you have diabetes? Learn more and get help, thanks to the American Diabetes Association and Medicare

Diabetes affects 22 million people in the U.S. — are you one of them?  If you aren’t sure, you can go to the American Diabetes Association website and take the “Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test” to find out if you are at risk. Type 2 diabetes is a disease where blood glucose levels are higher than normal. It develops most often in middle-aged and older adults.

Many people with diabetes don’t know that they have it, but Medicare covers screening so you can find out if you do.

If you do have diabetes, Medicare covers a portion of the costs for 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 percent 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 screening tests and what supplies and training may help you stay healthy.

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