Group urges frequent diabetes testing for seniors

Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects older individuals. When it is left untreated, the disease can be crippling. For this reason, the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project recently launched a new campaign to alert seniors to the importance of getting tested for the condition.

The group recently recruited National Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins to help spread the message that all elderly individuals need to be mindful of their risk for developing diabetes and to get tested if they begin to show symptoms of the condition. Wilkins, his mother and his aunt all have the condition.

Additionally, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia joined the campaign, saying that testing and early diagnosis can help individuals lead healthier, happier lives.

"Diabetes is a national epidemic, but has a significant impact in Georgia, affecting far too many of our residents, especially people of color and older adults," he said. "The good news is that diabetes can be prevented and those diagnosed with the disease are able to live long healthy lives."

Screening can be particularly easy for older individuals. Medicare covers the cost of annual diabetes screening for beneficiaries over age 65.
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