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Methodist Health to offer free A1C screenings November 14

Methodist Health to offer free A1C screenings November 14

Could you be one of the estimated 6 million Americans who have Diabetes but don't know it, or one of another 57 million who have prediabetes?

In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month in November, Methodist Health Prevention and Wellness Services will offer free, non-fasting Hemoglobin A1C and on-site interpretation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, which is also recognized as World Diabetes Day. On this day, organizations around the world will host events to raise awareness about diabetes.

The screenings will take place at Prevention and Wellness Services located at 110 Second Street in downtown Henderson and will be completed by finger stick. No appointment is necessary.

A normal fasting blood sugar may not eliminate the possibility of type 2 diabetes, which is why A1C tests are now being used for screening of prediabetes and diabetes.

The A1C blood test does not require fasting and can be done at any time of day. It provides information about your average levels of blood glucose over the past three months.

The test result is reported as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the higher your blood glucose levels have been. A normal A1C level is below 5.7 percent. A result from 5.7 to 6.4 percent indicates prediabetes, while a result of 6.5 percent or above is an indicator of diabetes.

Any test used to diagnose diabetes requires confirmation with a second measurement, unless there are clear symptoms of diabetes. The Henderson County Diabetes Coalition will be on hand to assist with education and consultation.

For more information, contact Prevention and Wellness Services at 270-826-4646.

Linda Gabe, RN, CDE, Prevention and Wellness Services, administers an A1C screening to Charlene Cook of Corydon, KY. Cook received the free screening in March at Prevention and Wellness Services on American Diabetes Association Alert Day®.