American Diabetes Services Supports American Diabetes “Alert Day” and Explains How to Qualify for Free Diabetic Testing Supplies

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005 marks the 17th Annual American Diabetes Association (ADA) American Diabetes Alert Day

Tuesday, March 22, 2005, marks the 17th Annual American Diabetes Association (ADA) American Diabetes Alert Day. American Diabetes Alert Day is intended to educate people about diabetes symptoms, risks and the signs and symptoms of diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes, the fifth deadliest disease in the United States, affects 18.2 million Americans and kills 213,000 people annually. More than a million people develop the disease each year, and, despite aggressive research efforts, there remains no cure in sight. American Diabetes Services, which provides low cost or free diabetic testing supplies to those with Medicare or qualifying insurance, commends the efforts of The American Diabetes Association raising awareness about this deadly disease.

More than five million Americans are not aware that they have diabetes. In addition, approximately 41 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which means that their blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified with diabetes. Individuals with pre-diabetes are at a much higher risk for developing diabetes.

“We commend the efforts of the American Diabetes Association and the American Diabetes Alert Day to help raise awareness of diabetes.” said Robert Weinroth, President of American Diabetes Services, a Boca Raton Florida based company that specializes in providing low cost or free diabetic testing supplies to those with Medicare or qualifying private insurance coverage. “Each year over one million new diabetics are identified; however, many more people with type 2 diabetes go for many years without diagnosis. Recognizable signs and symptoms of diabetes include: frequent urination, blurred vision and excessive thirst.”

Unfortunately, type 2 diabetes only becomes evident when people develop one or more of the serious complications or diabetes symptoms, such as: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage and nerve damage that can lead to amputations. Some of the primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes include: being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes are indicators; people with these risk factors should discuss the signs and symptoms of diabetes with their physicians. In addition, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk.”

Lorne Yaffe, Vice President of Marketing for American Diabetes Services explained how diabetics can get free diabetic testing supplies. “In most cases, individuals with Medicare or qualifying private insurance can get their diabetic supplies free of charge or for a very small co-pay. Diabetics can complete a simple form on our website to find out if they qualify for low cost or free diabetic supplies.”

American Diabetes is one of the nation's leading mail-order distributors of brand name diabetic supplies delivered directly to the individual's home. American Diabetes provides personalized customer service and reduced expenses to those with diabetes, often diabetic testing supplies are delivered at no cost to the patient.

American Diabetes benefits include: free delivery directly to patient’s homes, no insurance paperwork to complete, no upfront costs or waiting weeks or months for reimbursement, diabetes supplies delivered at very low or no cost to you, a supplier of all the leading national brands. Leading products include: One Touch Ultra, Accu-Chek Compact, and Abbott FreeStyle.

American Diabetes is a Medicare participating provider and specializes in providing supplies paid for by Medicare and we accept Medicare assignment. In addition, we support Private Insurance, Major Medical and Group Health Insurance Plans; we accept most plans in all 50 states with the exception of HMO's.

The American Diabetes website includes free information about the signs symptoms of diabetes, free diabetes recipes, diabetes blood meters info, and detailed descriptions of diabetes symptoms.

American Diabetes Services has a free form on their website about how you can qualify for free diabetic testing supplies To request American Diabetes Services, and to complete a free online form to see if you qualify for low cost or free diabetic supplies visit , or call toll free at 1-800-933-8085 to compete a free application over the phone.

Media Contacts: Jay Berkowitz, Ten Golden Rules, , 561-716-1334 and Robert S. Weinroth, American Diabetes, , (561) 338-4900

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