Archive for Friday, February 5, 2010

Walgreens to offer free blood glucose testing

February 5, 2010


Diabetes is the fastest-growing disease in America.

In addition to the nearly 24 million people living with diabetes, an estimated 6 million Americans are unaware that they have the disease.

Walgreens, a national drugstore chain, is hoping to change that.

It is offering free blood glucose testing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today — Feb. 5 — at its 24-hour stores and Take Care Clinics nationwide, including the two locations in Lawrence at 400 W. 23rd St. and 3421 W. Sixth St.

The free testing will be offered through Feb. 18 at the Take Care Clinics. That includes the Lawrence clinic on Sixth Street. It will offer testing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from noon to 4 p.m. weekends.

Blood glucose testing is available to patients 18 years and older.

In November, Walgreens had its first Diabetes Wellness events, through which more than 80,000 tests were administered. More than 25 percent of individuals who were screened at the events tested “at risk” for diabetes.

“We want everyone who’s concerned about diabetes to be able to get tested. Through interaction with our pharmacists and Take Care nurse practitioners, and the many tools and resources Walgreens offers, we hope to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes or at risk for diabetes.”

— Kermit R. Crawford, Walgreens executive vice president of pharmacy services

For more information about diabetes or the clinics, visit Walgreens’ Web site.


Ryan Neuhofel 4 years, 2 months ago

Tom, Good info on the A1c. It has long been the standard for monitoring control of diabetes and recently becoming an "acceptable" screening method for diabetes according to many guidlelines. However, a fasting glucose (simple fingerstick after 8-hrs of no calories) is still the gold-standard for screening and diagnosis and costs pennies.


Tom Shewmon 4 years, 2 months ago

Blood glucose is only good to see what your real-time glucose level is and although can signal a problem, is not telling you a whole lot. The A1C hemoglobin is really what will tell you if you're pre- or diabetic. It's a 90 day "snapshot" of how your cells are catching/releasing glucose. If it's under 7, you're good, 7-8 is sub-optimal, over 8 and you're out of control. You can buy the A1C kit at Wal-Mart or probably Walgreen's for about $10, you mail in the form with your blood sample and they'll email your results w/in about 2 days. You log on and get your results. It's worth the while if you suspect you may have it and it beats paying your doctor's lab $250 at least, to get it. Of course, I still do the doctor/lab 3-4 times a year.


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