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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

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Sudhir Mathuria
Licensed Professional
Health Life 360
6776 Southwest Freeway, Suite # 178
Houston TX 77074

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, which is intended to bring attention to those who battle the disease every day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 report on diabetes, nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes – almost 10 percent of the U.S. population. The number of cases of diabetes continues to grow.
What Exactly Is Diabetes?
Diabetes comes in two forms or types: Type 1 (also known as juvenile or insulin dependent diabetes) and Type 2. In Type 1, an organ called the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, a hormone that is essential for handling sugars in our body. Without insulin, we’re unable to use glucose as an energy source and, as a result, our blood sugar becomes dangerously high. The only treatment for Type 1 diabetes is insulin, which can be delivered either via shots or through a continuous infusion via an insulin pump. It is believed that Type 1 diabetes is a result of a complex interaction of both genetic and environmental factors. There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes. In contrast, Type 2 diabetes occurs when our bodies are not able to respond to insulin – we become insulin resistant. Type 2 diabetes is most often associated with obesity and something doctors call “metabolic syndrome.” This type of the disease can be reversed with weight loss and exercise in some cases, and it can also be treated with pills. Some patients with Type 2 diabetes also require insulin shots.
Type 1 diabetes accounts for only 5 percent of U.S. cases, but its incidence appears to be increasing. Type 1 is most often diagnosed before age 6 or in the teenage years. Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common form and is most often diagnosed in adulthood.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Symptoms of diabetes may include fatigue, frequent urination, excessive thirst, sudden weight loss or gain and excessive hunger. Symptoms develop quickly over weeks to months in Type 1, but may take years to develop in Type 2. Diabetes is diagnosed with a simple blood or urine test. Once the disease is diagnosed, treatment depends on which type of diabetes you have. Your doctor will develop a specific treatment plan for you and your family. Diabetes management requires lots of individual responsibility and involves family, friends, teachers and other school officials. The key to avoiding the complications associated with diabetes is to have a well thought out, comprehensive plan that allows you to have maximal flexibility while carefully controlling blood sugars every single day
What Can We Do?
Type 1 diabetes has no cure. There is also ongoing robust research in hopes of finding a cure for Type 1. Supporting non-profit research organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation can go a long way toward finding a cure.
Given that Type 2 diabetes is so closely linked to obesity, we must make every effort to combat childhood obesity. Last year alone, the U.S. health care system spent over $150 billion dollars on obesity and obesity-related illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes. We must work to educate both children and adults on how best to prevent obesity. We must emphasize healthy food choices, daily exercise and better overall health habits.
Ultimately, we must support efforts to find a cure. We must also support those who have diabetes and work to prevent others from developing this disease. During November, make sure to participate in local and national fundraising campaigns and work with others to raise awareness of the diabetes epidemic around the world.
There are some Special Need Plans among Medicare Advantage Plans which are known as Medicare SNPs that cover the same Medicare services that all Medicare Advantage plans must cover. Medicare SNPs may also cover extra services tailored to the special groups they serve, like extra days in the hospital. Contact your plan to learn exactly what benefits and services the plan covers.
Some Medicare SNPs use a care coordinator to help you stay healthy and follow your doctor’s orders. A care coordinator is someone who helps make sure people get the right care and information.
For example, a Medicare SNP for people with diabetes might use a care coordinator to help members do these things: Monitor their blood sugar, Follow their diet, Get proper exercise, Schedule preventive services (like eye and foot exams), Get the right prescriptions to prevent complications.
To choose the right Medicare Supplement Plan, Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan contac Sudhir Mathuria @ 713-771-2900.

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