Free Medicare Diabetes Screening Benefit

Did you know that older adults are particularly at-risk of type 2 diabetes? Today, half of adults aged 65 and older in the United States are at-risk of diabetes. To help promote earlier diagnosis, Medicare created the free diabetes screening benefit.

If you are aged 65 or older, enrolled in Medicare, and have any of the following diabetes risk factors, you may qualify for a free diabetes screening.
  • Family history of diabetes (biological parents, brothers, or sisters)
  • High blood pressure
  • History of abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • History of high blood sugar
  • History of diabetes during pregnancy, or delivery of a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Overweight or obese
The Medicare diabetes screening benefit covers 2 tests in a 12-month period:
  • The fasting blood glucose test
  • The oral glucose tolerance test

The blood glucose test measures the amount of sugar in your blood to determine whether you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition where higher than normal levels of sugar are present. If your blood sugar levels are normal, but your health care professional is still concerned about diabetes, they may recommend an oral glucose tolerance test as well.

Visit the Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare for more information on diabetes screening and Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools.

Don’t wait. Talk to a health care professional, such as your doctor or pharmacist, about getting screened for type 2 diabetes today.

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