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Glucose MeterIn 2014, the Centers for Disease Control reported that there were over 1,400,000 new cases of diabetes in the United States. That's up by more than one million new cases from 1980, when there were 493,000 new diagnoses. The spike in new cases is striking, as diabetes is a serious condition. Diabetes patients must constantly watch their overall health.

Diabetes can start at any time of life. However, the elderly, and people with histories of weight gain, poor diet and lack of exercise put themselves at higher risk for the condition.

Diabetes complicates your body's ability to regulate its blood sugars. If you don't manage the condition, uncontrolled sugars can damage other parts of your body. Diabetes can affect eyesight, blood pressure, circulation and vital organs.

How Insurance Covers Diabetes

Physicians use a variety of different methods to treat diabetes. Medication, insulin shots and regular blood testing helps diabetes patients manage their conditions. Doctors might also recommend dietary and fitness regimens to help patients better manage.

Health insurance coverage helps diabetes patients in a variety of ways. In particular, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed the way many insurance plans cover diabetes.

First of all, insurance plans can no longer deny you coverage if you get diagnosed with diabetes. Furthermore, the ACA mandates that insurance plans have to cover certain services — such as prescription drugs and hospitalization. Most of these benefits help diabetics have better access to medical services.

Furthermore, almost all plans now have to cover preventative services. Preventative services include testing for diabetes. Plans usually allow patients who have a risk for the condition to get these services free of charge.

Tips for Diabetes Testing

Always keep an eye out for symptoms that may be signs of diabetes. These include:
  • Hunger, fatigue and weakness, otherwise known as low blood sugars
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Pain, numbness or tingling in your extremities
  • Nausea
If you begin to notice a pattern of symptoms like these, don't wait. Call your doctor immediately. Your doctor will determine how to proceed.

  • Keep a record of your diet. Try to avoid food heavy in complex sugars and starches.
  • Try to eat only at regular mealtimes. Avoid snacking between meals. When you snack, eat healthier foods like nuts, fruit, and raw vegetables.
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid sugary drinks like soda.
  • Exercise and keep a gentle fitness regimen in place.
By properly managing your lifestyle, you can lower your diabetes risks.

Do you need health insurance? if so, Simpson Financial Group, Inc. is here for you. Call us at (877) 727-7780 for a free health insurance quote.
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