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April 2012

Understanding Medicare Coverage

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Medicare is a federally funded program that covers certain health care expenses for people age 65 or older.

Medicare benefits are divided into the following parts:

  • Part A – Hospitalization Insurance: No monthly premiums are paid.
  • Part B – Medical Insurance: An optional program with a monthly premium that most Medicare recipients participate in.
Diabetes Supplies Might Be Covered Under Medicare Part B

Under federal law, Medicare now covers part of the cost of diabetes supplies for all people with diabetes who participate in Medicare Part B coverage. To qualify, your health care provider must prescribe blood sugar monitoring and document the frequency of testing.

Some things you should know about your Medicare coverage:
  • Deductibles and co-pays apply.
  • Medicare Part B covers some diabetes supplies. There might be limits on the amount of supplies you can get and how often you can get them.

For more detailed information, contact Medicare by calling (800) 633-4227 or visit

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October 2012

Best Supporting Role

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Best Supporting Role

Encourage a Loved One Who Has Diabetes

By Nancy E. Hafer, MS, RD, LD

There are a lot of twists and turns on the road of life, and for many families, diabetes can present something of a detour. You want to provide your loved one with support, cooperation, and understanding. More than anything, you want to be involved. Try these ideas to make sure everyone is headed in the same direction when it comes to controlling diabetes and maintaining a positive lifestyle.

Read up on diabetes. A good first step is to educate yourself and your loved one about diabetes. Tap into the resources provided by the Internet (see, libraries, and health care providers to learn more about specific topics of interest. Think of diabetes knowledge as the key to being a good shoulder to lean on...

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September 2012

Relax! And Enjoy the Benefits of Yoga

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benefits of yoga

Exercises to Ease Stress, Increase Fitness, and Achieve Balance

By Mary Ann Cockram, MS, RD

Have you been considering yoga classes? Well, contrary to popular belief, yoga doesn’t require pretzel–like contortions or endless hours of navel gazing. In fact, the focus of this centuries–old system of personal development is to unite the body, mind, and spirit through exercise, breathing, and meditation. It can provide a variety of benefits, including stress reduction, improved health, increased flexibility and strength, enhanced mental concentration, and even lower blood pressure. Maybe that’s why everyone — from busy moms to harried executives, grandparents to grandkids, fitness buffs to fitness novices — is discovering the benefits of yoga!

In the United States, the most popular form of yoga is hatha, which is a set of physical exercises, or poses, designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. “Gentle” yoga is a form of hatha, and is appropriate for beginners, seniors, and individuals with injuries or physical limitations...

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May 2012

Planning Your Exercise Routine

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Regardless of whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it’s important to find a regular exercise program that works. Before getting started on an exercise program, consider these precautions.

Work Closely With a Health Care Professional
Consult a health care provider before starting any exercise program. A medical team will consider the following issues when designing a safe, individualized exercise plan.

Current Blood Sugar Management
Keep a regular diary of daily blood sugar readings and food intake...

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June 2011

Vital Vitamins

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Vital Vitamins

The human body needs more than just calories to survive. It also needs a complex mixture of vitamins and minerals called micronutrients. Micronutrients are essential and need to be consumed in the diet because the body cannot make them.

Nutrients work together in a delicate balance to keep the body working normally. It’s important to remember that more is not always better when it comes to nutrient supplements. For example, taking too much of one nutrient cannot substitute for missing the recommended amount of another...

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February 2012

National Nutrition Month® - Get Your Plate in Shape

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NNM-2012-newsletter-artwork National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
It has been the goal of the Registered Dietitian (RD) to make the National Nutrition Month theme come alive for individuals. Your Registered Dietitian serves as an integral part of your healthcare team and provides an individualized healthy eating plan for you to manage your diabetes.

The 2012 National Nutrition Month Theme is “Get Your Plate in Shape.” This theme goes hand in hand with the MyPlate initiative (which replaces MyPyramid.) MyPlate is a great new illustration of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans...

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August 2011

8 Easy Ways to Control Your Diabetes

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If your to-do list keeps getting longer, it can be hard to stay on track with good diabetes management. Here are a few simple tips to help you find balance (despite your busy lifestyle).

Eat Right on the Run

  • Pack a snack, such as a Glucerna® Snack Shake or Snack Bar.
  • Limit sugary drinks. Instead, choose water, unsweetened tea, or diet soda.
  • Use reduced-calorie dressing on salads.
  • Eat mindfully. By really tasting and enjoying food, you'll feel more satisfied.

Remember to Stay Active

  • Engage in mild physical activity, such as walking or gardening.
  • Be aware of your weight. Weight management helps with blood sugar management.

Monitor for Blood Sugar and Stress

  • Tune in to your stress level as part of your monitoring routine. Jot down how stressed you are when you check your blood sugar levels. You might see a trend over time indicating that stress raises your blood sugar.
  • Work with your health care team to determine how to keep your stress under control.

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