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Sam’s Club pharmacies to offer diabetes screenings

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — This month, Sam’s Club pharmacies plan to hold free diabetes screenings for club members and the public.

The Walmart warehouse club chain said Wednesday that the screenings, to be offered on Sept. 12 at the 612 Sam’s Club pharmacy locations, are intended to help diagnosed diabetics assess their control of the condition.

Valued at $250, the screenings include tests for A1C (average blood sugar level over the past three months), glucose (current amount of sugar in the blood), bood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL (“good cholesterol”), risk ratio and body mass index (BMI).

It’s the fifth year that Sam’s Club is providing the free diabetes screenings. The retailer noted that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 28% of U.S. adults with diabetes don’t know that they have it, and 90% of adults with prediabetes — a condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes — are also undiagnosed.

Overall, Sam’s Club operates 653 wholesale club stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. The chain’s pharmacies offer a range of monthly health screenings as well as year-round immunizations for children and adults. Licensed pharmacists can administer walk-in flu shots and nine other key vaccinations, including the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.


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