Medicare and Diabetes

People with diabetes may have a hard time putting together a healthy eating plan. Below you can learn how Medicare can help support health goals and what resources are available.
medicare beneficiary getting help from a nurse to manager her diabetes.

Make healthy choices—Medicare can help!

People with diabetes may have heard that carbohydrates aren’t good for them. However, many carbohydrates provide vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for the body, and can be part of a healthy diet for people with or without diabetes. If you need help choosing foods that will support your health goals, Medicare can help.

Medicare covers medical nutrition therapy (MNT) services for people with diabetes or kidney disease. MNT services may include an initial nutrition and lifestyle assessment, individual or group nutritional therapy services, and follow-up visits to check on your progress. Find out if you qualify for these services.

A healthy diet includes a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups, including carbohydrates. You may choose carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, and dairy products, including low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt. When you’re eating away from home, pick the healthier options.

If you need help, can help you create a personalized healthy eating plan and find physical activities to enjoy all year long. Also, the resources at EatRight® can help you plan and prepare meals.

It is also important to choose the plan best suited to manage your specific conditions. In some areas, Medicare eligible recipients with diabetes qualify for a Medicare Special Needs Plan. This can give more options to switch plans outside of Medicare’s Annual Election Period.

If you need assistance understanding your options and to obtain more information on the Special Needs Plans, our friendly agents are available. For more information, contact us HERE

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