Over 65? Get Tested for Free!
If you or someone you love is over the age of 65, it’s important to be tested for diabetes — and the good news is, it’s free! Medicare provides free screenings to older adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes, so remember to ask your doctor if you qualify. One in four adults will develop Type 2 after the age of 65, and early diagnosis is key in maintaining the best possible health.
Medicare covers the fasting blood glucose test, which diagnoses both diabetes and prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
Medicare also covers the oral glucose tolerance test. If your blood glucose level is normal and your doctor still suspects diabetes, she may recommend this secondary screening to make sure you’re diabetes-free.
For more information you can hit up the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website, which includes the latest information on Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other useful tools.