Looking for Medicare Diabetic Supplies?
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and are currently eligible for medicare, then you can get a lot of your diabetic supplies covered.
At Autonomous Medicine, we advocate for patients to ensure they get as much testing as is needed to get a comprehensive overview of your health. Particularly for diabetics, it’s vitally important to stay on top of your blood work, and other risk factors. Specifically monitoring blood glucose levels and also being aware of changes in your vision and extremities.
What Medicare Diabetic Supplies are covered?
If you qualify for medicare, you should take advantage of the diabetic benefits you’re provided. They’ll cover tests and supplies, so it’s up to you to stay stocked up and ensure you get tested at least as often as you’re covered for.
Medicare Part B covers most diabetic supplies:
- Testing Strips (Blood Glucose)
- Blood Glucose Monitor
- Glucose Control Solutions
- Therapeutic Shoes and Inserts
What Diabetic Services are Covered by Medicare?
Medicare doesn’t cover all suppliers, so you need to check which suppliers are covered. Walmart is a covered supplier, so ordering online at Walmart with recurring orders is a safe bet and their prices are typically quite reasonable.
Medicare Part B covers some diabetes services as well:
- Eye Exams
- Diabetes Training for Self-Management
- Foot exams
- Glaucoma Tests
- Nutrition Therapy Services (medical)
Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. It’s important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.
In addition to getting tests and equipment, you’ll also want to look at making lifestyle adjustments to help combat your diabetes. This includes things like getting modest amounts of exercise and focusing on your diet. One of the preliminary steps in diabetes management that can provide a lot of insight is keeping a blood sugar log. Using the data gathered from your journal will help you to pinpoint which foods are the most troublesome.
Adopting the Judicious Consumption diet, is a two-fold dietary solution to fight your diabetes. It combines the fat burning Ketogenic diet (low carb / high fat) with the pancreatic tissue regenerating approach of Intermittent Fasting. This is a fairly new dietary approach to diabetes, and which has growing support followed by a wider body of research. [todo: sources]