If you have Diabetes, managing the disease is critical to your quality of life.

Type 2 Diabetes affects 25 percent of people over the age of 65, so the need to understand your options as you head towards Medicare-eligibility is crucial to your health. The Medicare Supplement Open Enrollment period begins on October 15, which means if you're older than 64, now is the time to address your medical needs.

If you're older than 45 and haven't been diagnosed with diabetes, you need to make sure you're living a healthy lifestyle and receiving regular blood sugar tests will help improve your chances of avoiding Diabetes.

Here are 3 quick tips designed to help you recognize the potential symptoms of Diabetes, manage your Diabetes with the proper Medicare Coverage and ultimately overcome the disease.

Know the Symptoms

If you experience any of these diabetes symptoms, please consult with your doctor immediately:

  • Excessive urination
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Dark blotches on your skill and other types of skin irritation
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Tingling and numbness in your feet or toes

Don't wait. Once you start witnessing the signs of Diabetes, you need to take the proper precautions. An early diagnosis will allow you to start battling the disease as soon as possible. Ignored symptoms can severely impact your quality of life.

Medicare Coverage

If you're enrolled in Medicare or are considering enrolling over the next couple of years, it's very important that you know which Medicare plans or parts are necessary for your medical needs. As a Diabetic, it's imperative that you have Medicare parts B and D.

Part B offers some preventative services for people at-risk of Diabetes, these include Diabetes screenings, Diabetes Self-Management Training, blood sugar monitors, etc. Part D is the prescription drug portion of Medicare and it covers insulin, needles used to inject insulin, oral medication to maintain blood sugar levels, etc.

Victory Over Diabetes

In an article from Florida Blue, a 79-year-old Diabetic was able to lower his blood sugar to the point that he no longer needs to take medication to manage Diabetes. He was able to overcome the disease by tracking what he ate and through regular exercise. Him and his wife even learned how to spot hidden sugars by attending a Diabetes Prevention Program at their local Florid Blue center.

Diabetes isn't just a risk for individuals older than 45, while not as common, younger people can be diagnosed with Diabetes. If you're overweight, have high blood pressure or start experience any of the other symptoms mentioned previously, talk to your doctor and start regaining your health. 

Let us know about you or your loved ones experiences with Diabetes in the comment section. Please don't hesitate to contact Dawn Moore, if you have any insurance-related question regarding Diabetes coverage under Medicare as well as health insurance plans that will meet your specific need.

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