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Ask.Screen.Know Promotes Free Medicare Diabetes Screening

Published: 4/30/10
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Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis and her husband Louis Zorich are campaigning to increase diabetes awareness.

While 18 million people are currently diagnosed with diabetes in the US, roughly six million more are estimated to have diabetes that has not been diagnosed. Gone unchecked, these people’s diabetes can quickly progress into diabetic complications like kidney or eye disease. Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis and her husband, Louis Zorich, went for their free Medicare diabetes screening, and found out that Louis had diabetes. Since then, the two have been working to increase awareness and promote the use of Medicare’s free diabetes screening for people aged 65 and older. Their website,, provides information about the importance of being screening and what the results mean for you. If you know somebody that you think should take advantage of the free Medicare diabetes test, you can send them an email through the site that details Olympia and Louis’ experience and explains how they can get tested. --NW

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