Did you know men and women in their 90s have climbed Mount Fuji? Your aspirations may not be quite so lofty, but you do want to be able to enjoy every day of the life you have. That means being able to function mentally and physically.
What Health Challenges Do Boomers Face?
People born from1946 to 1964 are known as the baby boomers. The good news is that they are living longer than their parents did. The bad news is they are suffering more chronic illness.
Boomers are more likely to be obese than their parents, and that puts them at greater risk for some of the worst plagues of our time. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are hitting boomers more than those chronic illnesses afflicted their parents.
How Can Boomers Reduce Their Risk?
While each one of those problems can worsen the others, science shows that one single factor can fight all three. And, it’s something you can control.
Type II diabetes is more common that Type I, and Type II responds to diet. In fact, recent studies show people who once required insulin can live with no medication and no signs of diabetes. And new studies are showing that a low carb and low glycemic diet is more effective than the starchy diet that diabetics have been told to eat for decades now.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, also responds to diet. And, so does the kind of cholesterol that can reduce blood flow and damage the brain (as in a stroke) and the heart (as in cardiovascular disease).
Why It’s Easier than You May Think
Under Medicare, you pay nothing for many health care services known as preventive care when you work with a doctor who accepts Medicare’s predefined rates. That starts as soon as you enroll. You’re eligible for a “Welcome to Medicare” doctor’s appointment during the first year you have Part B coverage.
Screening procedures for diabetes are covered. Medical nutrition therapy may be covered if you have diabetes of kidney disease. And, if your body mass index is at least 30, counseling to help you trim down is covered at your doctor’s office.
There’s also coverage to help with cardiovascular disease through an annual doctor’s appointment to check your blood pressure and discuss what foods can help. Blood tests are also covered to check for problems that contribute to a heart attack or a stroke. And, Medicare pays for cholesterol screening tests every five years.