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Video: Academy Award(R) Winner Olympia Dukakis and Husband, Actor Louis Zorich, Encourage Older Adults to Ask.Screen.Know.
Date:5/18/2009

h Novo Nordisk to share our story -- we asked, got screened, and now know where our health stands relative to diabetes."

"Olympia and I both went in to be screened for diabetes, especially because it runs in my family," said Louis Zorich. "We realized the importance of taking care of our health and we want to be around for as long as possible for each other. Now that we know I have diabetes, we can manage the disease the right way, by exercising more and eating better."

Medicare offers free diabetes screening for enrolled adults 65 and older, who have at least one-risk factor for diabetes, including: family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity or overweight, and history of diabetes during pregnancy (women). There is no co-payment or deductible for those age 65 and older in Medicare who are eligible -- the screening is simple and free to the patient.

If left unmanaged, diabetes can lead to severe health complications, including blindness, kidney disease, foot amputations, heart disease and stroke.

"The risk for type 2 diabetes increases as you get older," says Nathaniel Clark, MD, RD, Senior Medical Advisor -- Diabetes, Novo Nordisk. "If you are at risk, simply asking your healthcare provider for a free Medicare diabetes screening is an important first step to better health. Once you know your blood sugar level, you can take steps to either prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, or treat it effectively."

About Ask.Screen.Know.

Ask.Screen.Know., sponsored by Novo Nordisk, is a national educational program created to increase awareness and utilization of the Medicare diabetes screening benefit among both adults 65 and older and physicians. Through the program website, AskScreenKnow.com, individuals can obtain important information about the Medicare diabetes screening benefit, learn more about diabetes and pre-diabetes, access a h
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