This Saturday, September 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sam’s Club will host free diabetes health screenings, as well as vision tests, at all Club locations with a pharmacy to both members and the public. The screenings will include glucose tests, A1C tests (blood test for diagnosed diabetics that measures blood sugar), vision tests, blood pressure and BMI tests.
Diabetes screening is really important to our family. My Father has been a diabetic for almost 20 years. We found out while traveling in Europe as a family. Trust me the Sam’s Club screening is much easier than it was trying to find an English speaking doctor in the middle of a Paris suburb when none of us spoke a single word of French. My Dad got sick really quickly and we had no pre-warnings that he was a diabetic other than his father was also a diabetic. Now as a family we really focus on making sure our blood sugars are balanced and we take the pre-screening tests frequently.
Sam’s Club Pharmacy locations are offering free diabetes and vision screenings for members and the public on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year, and the disease is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults in the U.S. If trends continue, 1 out of 3 U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050.
As diabetes diagnoses continue to rise, a simple screening can help more Americans proactively manage their health. Sam’s Club’s free diabetes screenings are valued at more than $150 and include:
- Glucose tests
- A1C tests (blood test for diagnosed diabetics that measures blood sugar)
- Vision tests*
- Blood pressure and BMI (body mass index) tests
“Knowing the links between risk factors, choices and solutions prepares our members to better manage–or even prevent–diabetes,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “As we offer the diabetes screenings for a second year, I am reminded of Member stories where they came in for a screening or product samples and learned about a possible health problem, which led them to make an appointment with a health care provider. It is stories like this that remind us why we offer these invaluable free screenings to our communities.”