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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #108-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
August 03, 2010

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 108
August 3, 2010

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Welcome to this month's issue which is all about Medicare and Cookies as Medicine. Can you imagine that? I never knew, not even in a million years, I would see that headline on Cookies as Medicine. Have a tickled your curiosity yet? Relax, it is all down below.

In This Issue:

  • What's new at ?
  • What's Up With Diabetes Prevention and Medicare?
  • Cookies As Medicine? Are You Kidding?
  • A Success Quotation of the Month
  • Some Humor
  • Q&A

1. What's new at Let's tackle the newsalert section first:

For our Future, Diabetes Initiative Must be Reauthorized

I am so glad to find out that the Special Diabetes Program is expiring. Let me paraphrase that because it sounded like I am happy to see it expire because I feel very strongly that it has to be authorized again. That is why I want to do my share by tweeting it and putting an update on this issue at Facebook hoping it will spread and get Congress to listen.

You may want to check this out: Proven Program That Normalizes Your Blood Sugar And Eliminates Your Diabetes Drugs And Insulin Shots!

New Links Connecting Diabetes and Fast Food

This is an excellent article every diabetic should read. Fast foods have been pointed as the culprit for unhealthy eating that could lead to diabetes, et al but it is the consumers' duty to demand better menu and while the fast foods are trying to make some changes to meet the demand which in a sense they have because of the salads they now offer in their menu, the diabetics meanwhile will have to take control of their own lifestyle changes. The moral of the story? Try your best not to indulge in fast foods. Donít let me go there and stop you, okay? Maybe you should come and stop me from going to the buffets!

Some People with Diabetes May Qualify for Benefits

This post will help the diabetics find out if they are eligible for Social Security Disability Income Benefits. Click the above title and read it in full, will you? Why? Because reading it will guide you on the steps to take to apply for the benefit. A little bird whispered into my ear to let you know to apply anyway so you donít lose benefits.

Health Reform Includes Free Preventive Care

This is good news that after so many years, the New Health Plans will cover preventive measures starting on September 23 or later without deductible, coinsurance and co-payment. I don't like that sound of "or later" though because some may be dragging their feet to comply with the new regulations.

Health News: Diabetes Pill to Replace Insulin Jabs

I am hoping and praying this new drug that could end the daily injections the diabetics have to suffer will pass the clinical trial. I am optimistic it will because it has already been proven in animal studies that this new drug is able to get the pancreatic cells to get moving and do its job of producing insulin. Iíve been waiting for this a long time Iím getting impatient. Oh, please God, help me to be patient but please hurry up!

Check this out if you want to know what they say is the most effective diabetes reversing resource currently available on a scientifically proven program that normalizes the blood sugar and eliminates diabetes drugs and insulin shots.

Some of you are probably peeved over ads like the above but don't be concerned for you never have to buy anything to receive this newsletter. Neither will you have to buy anything to visit the website because that is yours as much as mine. I just put those ads to pay for the web hosting fees, which is not a problem for me, and buy diabetes bracelets for those who write to me requesting for one.

Here are the new additions at our sister site at Blogging for Diabetes and You
You may be able to hit control and click to follow the link:

Diabetes Health Plan With Incentives for Preventive Care Offered by UnitedHealthcare

Blood Glucose Level Target Ranges, New Ones For UK

"I Don't Care About X Factor Daughter Alexandra's Pop Riches"

Chronic Kidney Disease Can Be Prevented

Articles Published:

Blood-Sugar-Testing-Tips - Part 2

There is another article published at Blood-Sugar-Testing-Tips - Part 3

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2. What's Up with Diabetes Prevention and Medicare?

Thank heavens my prayers have been answered. Now that the government understands it is more expensive to treat diabetes than to prevent it, they have included it in the Medicare Plan. The list I will give you is far from complete but it addresses the issue of prevention which is dear and close to my heart. There are prevention programs that are related to diabetes along with the conditions for which the diabetics have a high risk to develop.

One-time Physical Examination as Welcome to Medicare Program is Covered If You Get it Within First 12 Months You Have Part B

Make sure you let the doctor's office know when you book an appointment that this is for Welcome to Medicare Physical Examination. The doctor will make a one-time review of your health, education and counseling on services for prevention like necessary shots, referrals to other needed care and screenings. Medicare will approve the amount and you pay 20% of this.

Diabetes Screenings Are Now Covered

Diabetes screenings are now covered by Medicare if any of the following is present: abnormal cholesterol history, and triglyceride levels or dyslipidemia, high blood pressure or hypertension, and history of high blood sugar. Testing is also covered if the answer is positive for two of the following questions:

  • Are you overweight?
  • Does a family member have diabetes?
  • Are you 65 years old or over?
  • Have you had gestational diabetes or have you had a baby over 9 pounds?

Depending on the result of the tests, you could be eligible for as much as two diabetes screenings per year. The tests are free but Medicare will approve the doctor's visits and for these, you have to pay 20%. This is not too bad especially you will not have to pay for the tests.

Cardiovascular Screenings

These are essential for the diabetics are prone to develop stroke and heart attack. Every five years, the tests for triglyceride, heart attack, lipid and cholesterol levels are scheduled. Again the cost for the test is free but the doctor's visits will have to be approved by Medicare and you will have to pay 20%.

Diabetes Self-Management Training

The doctor or a health care provider can requisition for the diabetics to have training in diabetes self management. With this written order, the diabetics can undergo training on how to do diabetes self management. Some kind of coaching can be used in this case.

EKG Screening

If the doctor on your welcome to Medicare physical examination refers you to have an EKG, Medicare will cover a one-time screening for this. Medicare will approve the amount and you have to pay 20% of this. The deductible for Part B applies here too. As a diagnostic test, Medicare will also cover EKG.

Glaucoma Tests

Diabetics are at a high risk for glaucoma and these tests are covered once a year. Some people who do not have diabetes are also covered if they are Hispanic and 65 years old or over, African-American if 50 years and over, or one who has a family history of glaucoma. Medicare will approve the amount and you have to pay 20% of this. The deductible for Part B applies here too.

Flu Shots

There is no cost for this if the doctor agrees to give you the shot. Diabetics need this to prevent flu virus or influenza. It is imperative for the diabetics to take care of themselves when they have the flu. When they get sick, their blood sugar can go up.

Nutrition Therapy

Medical nutrition therapy may be covered by Medicare especially if you have kidney disease, diabetes and kidney transplant. The doctor has to refer you and Medicare has to approve the amount. Again, Medicare will approve the amount and you will pay 20% of this. The deductible in Part B applies.

2. Cookies As Medicine? Are You Kidding?

Yes, it is like medicine for it helps treat hypoglycemia for some mind you and if they eat only one or two at the most. But you know what it is like. If you are like me, you eat one and you can't stop so be careful. There are other ways to treat hypoglycemia and less tempting ways I must say.

Some drink juice or regular soda. Others have glucose tablets on hand or sugary candy. Some use different ones each time hypoglycemia rears its ugly head. Still others use the same way to treat it. Whatever, I am not a medical expert but people are kind enough to write to me about their experiences and what work for them. It is better though to check with the health care team.

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply,†Speak Kindly. Be part of the Solution instead of the problem." Anonymous

4. And hereís the dessert recipe we promised you.

Healthy Recipe: Carrot Cake Carrot Cake

5. Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Laughing will help get us healthy.

An old man was overheard talking to himself:

"I've sure gotten old! I've had two surgeries, new knees, a fight with diabetes and prostate cancer, and a hip replacement. Now I'm half blind and can't hear anything. I take 30 different pills that make me dizzy and subject to blackouts.

Some people say I have had bouts of dementia. My circulation is poor so I can hardly feel my hands and feet except for the pain of course. I miss my friends because they're all gone, heaven knows where. I can't even remember if I am 98 or 89 but am I glad I still have my driver's license."

6. Do you have a question or comment for the team?

Drop us a line at our contact form and you may see your question answered in an upcoming issue of Diabetes Positive Approach like this one below.

Question: How come my test result since I retired had morning readings between 65 and 85 when before I retired I seldom had a test result under 100?
Answer:Thank you for your question about your blood sugar level which you say has more swings since you retired. Testing your blood sugars and sharing the results with the doctor or diabetes educator will help them work with you to narrow the range of the of your blood sugar level. If you are having lows at the same time, then your health care team my help adjust your medication.

Do you have a diet plan? Check with the dietitian regarding carb counting. How about your activities? They can affect your blood sugar level. So you will have to continue monitoring your blood sugar and sharing them with your health care team.

7. Got something to say? Please write down your questions and comments in the contact form in our website.

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