Friday, February 5, 2010

Walgreens' Free Blood Glucose Test Offer

Walgreens
For more information on receiving a free blood glucose test and to find your nearest 24-hour Walgreens location, please visit Walgreens.com/diabetes

All Walgreens 24-hour stores and Take Care Clinics will be offering free blood glucose testing Friday, February 5, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

If you don't live near a 24-hour Walgreens location or can't get tested on February 5, 2010, you can still receive a free glucose test before February 18, 2010 . Visit Walgreens.com/diabetes for specific testing hours at a Walgreens store or Take Care Clinic near you where they will be accepting walk-ins during the next two weeks. Or, call 1-800-WALGREENS to make an appointment. This offer is valid through February 18, 2010.

*Available to those ages 18 and over. No claim shall be submitted to any insurer for the test. Test results are not for diagnostic or treatment purposes and are not conclusive as to the presence or absence of any health condition.

Why diabetes is called America's silent killer

If there were a deadly disease raging through your body, wouldn't you want to know how to stop it? Unfortunately, more than 6 million Americans are walking around with a silent killer eating away at their health—and they have no idea they're even at risk. That silent killer is diabetes, the fastest-growing disease in history.

It's estimated that 80 million people in the United States have diabetes or are on the verge of developing this disease. Diabetes is particularly prevalent in the African-American community, where it claims nearly 100 lives every single day. "It's time to get out of denial," Oprah says.

Because so many people are affected, the United States is forced to spend $174 billion a year treating this disease—more than AIDS and all cancers combined. "If we don't fix the problem of diabetes in this country, we will bankrupt our future ability to pay for healthcare in the nation," Dr. Oz says.

As a heart surgeon, Dr. Oz says 25 percent of the patients he operates on have diabetes. Still, he says there's hope for anyone who's suffering or at risk. "Most diabetes is preventable," he says. "It is treatable, even reversible."

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