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En español | Q. I’m overweight and worried I could get diabetes. I’ve tried diets without much success. Can Medicare help me lose the pounds and keep them off?

A. Maybe. That depends on whether you tip the scales at the point where you would be considered not just overweight but obese. Medicare has just begun covering counseling sessions to help obese people lose weight. Shedding those extra pounds greatly reduces your risk of not only diabetes but also heart disease, high blood pressure, breathing problems and some cancers. … Back to Article

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