Learn the dangers of diabetes and ways to fight itPublished 5:10pm Saturday, January 5, 2013
Did you know that 21 million older Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes — and 60 percent of people with diabetes also have hypertension? If left untreated, these conditions can increase the risk of heart attack; stroke; angina; coronary artery disease; and kidney, eye, and nerve disease.
Risk factors include age; being overweight and/or physically inactive; smoking; having high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and/or consistently high blood pressure readings; and having a family history of diabetes or heart disease.
Medicare covers a number of screenings and supplies that can help you stay healthy. For example, Medicare Part B preventive benefits include diabetes screenings, eye exams and glaucoma tests, and foot exams.
Medicare Part B also covers diabetes self-management training and supplies, medical nutrition therapy services, and smoking cessation programs. Medicare Part D plans typically cover insulin, oral therapies for diabetes, and hypertension medications.
If you’re diagnosed with pre-diabetes, diabetes, or hypertension, you also can take the following steps to manage the condition:
•Become active for 30 minutes a day.
•Eat a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables and exercise portion control.
•Take medication, if prescribed.
•Monitor your glucose levels.
Monday: Blood pressure, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Movie: “New Years Eve,” 6 p.m.
Tuesday: SilverSneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Hormel Breakfast (biscuits and sausage gravy), 9 a.m.;
Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.;
cards (Pinochle, Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 4:05 p.m.; SilverSneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba 5:35 and 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; Ron’s Massage, 10:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; Open chess, 1 p.m.
Thursday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Bingo and open chess, 1 p.m.; Hearing aid checks and cleaning, 3:15 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 4:05 p.m.; SilverSneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba 5:35 and 7 p.m.
Friday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.;
cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge, Cribbage), 12:30 p.m.
Weekly Card Results
Dec. 28, three tables
1st Beulah Luthe, 2nd Dorothy Stern, 3rd Eddie Hall, 4th Lois Anderson
Dec. 26, one and half tables
1st Lottie Seira, 2nd Bernice Schuler, 3rd Bard Dickman
Dec. 28, three tables
1st Jim Fisher, 2nd Arnie Lang, 3rd Mary Johnsen, 4th Mabel Vaale, 5th Carlyne Higgins
Semcac Daily Meals
Monday: Swiss steak
Tuesday: Vegetable soup
Wednesday: Chicken ala King
Thursday: Roast beef