People have about two weeks left to take advantage of free diabetes screenings at St. John’s Medical Center.
In November, the hospital offers a free A1c blood test, which measures average blood sugar for a three-month period. The reading can help providers understand if a person is at risk for Type 2 diabetes, which used to be called “adult-onset diabetes,” a nod to the fact that it usually arises in adulthood, though more children are developing it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The body begins to resist insulin or stops producing enough of it.
“Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States,” a hospital press release stated. “One in 10 Americans — more than 30 million people — has diabetes. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.”
The test takes only a few minutes and can be scheduled by calling 733-7222.
Details are available at TetonHospital.org.
Another free resource for people who feel they might be at risk is an online prediabetes test. The exam, which can be found at DoIHavePrediabetes.com, asks about risk factors like family history, exercise and diet. A high score on the exam indicates a doctor visit might be called for to get additional testing, like the A1c test offered at St. John’s.
— Melissa Cassutt contributed
to this report.