As part of National Diabetes Awareness Month, many organizations and businesses are working towards diabetes awareness and are offering free health tests and check-ups. The best approach towards any illness or disease is to take preventative measures before it happens, and along with a proper diet and exercise, one can go get their health check ups regularly. Below are some resources you can use to gain awareness about diabetes or utilize for free.
Walgreens, along with donating $100,000 to American Diabetes Association nationally, will be hosting free blood glucose and A1C testing. A Walgreens pharmacist or nurse practitioner will consult you about your results and discuss future options, if needed. To find an event near you, you can call 1-877-W-AND-YOU (1-877-926-3968).
Prediabetes Centers also offer free screenings. Like Walgreens, Prediabetes Center offer free blood tests. However, their tests are much more comprehensive since it measures additional biomarkers associated with diabetes, like your thyroid hormone, testosterone, and cholesterol levels. You can schedule your free screening here.
H-E-B offers five different tests to check your health every second Saturday of the month. Blood pressure and blood glucose tests are free, while two different cholesterol and A1C are also available at a low cost. Check with your local H-E-B pharmacy for more details.
CVS offers health screenings both in November and December. These screenings are free, confidential, and performed by medical professionals. The tests offered by CVS include: body mass index, blood pressure, glucose, total cholesterol, and even quit smoking support. These events are held on some Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays of the upcoming two months from 2-6 p.m. Check here to find your local participating CVS.
Take control of your life and get yourself checked! These resources are all free; all it takes is a bit of your time.