November is American Diabetes Month. Help to “Stop Diabetes”

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. This chronic illness has serious complication up to and including death.  To create awareness about this silent epidemic November has been designated American Diabetes Month. Currently, 24 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. At this rate […]

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. This chronic illness has serious complication up to and including death.  To create awareness about this silent epidemic November has been designated American Diabetes Month.

Stop Diabetes LogoCurrently, 24 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. At this rate one of every three children born today will become diabetic in their lifetime. Another 57 million Americans are pre-diabetic and are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.  That is why the American Diabetes Association’s has developed the “Stop Diabetes” campaign. The campaign’s goal is to rally millions of Americans in the fight against diabetes, as well as proactively guard their health to prevent it.

It’s slogan of “Share. Act. Learn. Give.” encourages Americans to become part of the movement to curb a disease that is the leading cause of kidney failure in the U.S. as well as the leading cause of new cases of adult blindness.

Share – Upload a 30 second video online to show your support for the fight against diabetes.

Act – Visit stopdiabetes.com, or call 1-800-DIABETES. You can also text JOIN to 69866. You can also request a free copy of the Top Five Ways to Stop Diabetes and Get Healthy Right Now! by calling 1-800-DIABETES

Learn – Arm yourself with knowledge about diabetes in order to be empowered against it.

Give – Dedicate and donate time and money to your local American Diabetes office or by stopdiabetes.com to learn more about how you can help.

Diabetes is one of the most deadly chronic illnesses affecting Americans today. You can join the movement to stop it.  For more information, visit the American Diabetes Association’s website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

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Walgreens and Take Care Clinics Offer Free Blood Glucose and A1C Testing at More Than 1,700 Stores Nationwide as Part of American Diabetes Month®

Past events found more than 25 percent of participants were at-risk for diabetes DEERFIELD, Ill., November 04, 2010 – Walgreens (NYSE: WAG)(NASDAQ: WAG), the nation’s largest drugstore chain with more than 70,000 health care service providers, will offer free blood glucose and A1C testing at more than 1,700 stores and Take Care Clinics nationwide Nov. […]

Past events found more than 25 percent of participants were at-risk for diabetes

DEERFIELD, Ill., November 04, 2010 – Walgreens (NYSE: WAG)(NASDAQ: WAG), the nation’s largest drugstore chain with more than 70,000 health care service providers, will offer free blood glucose and A1C testing at more than 1,700 stores and Take Care Clinics nationwide Nov. 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The free diabetes health testing events, held in conjunction with American Diabetes Month®, are offered at most 24-hour Walgreens stores and Take Care Clinic locations throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Over the past two decades, the number of Americans living with diabetes has more than quadrupled to an estimated 24 million, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the percentage of those with diabetes who are unaware they’re living with the disease has fallen, the CDC says, showing greater national diabetes awareness. Still, with more than 5 million Americans with diabetes that are currently undiagnosed, there’s a strong need for affordable and accessible resources for early detection and prevention.

Walgreens and Take Care Clinics conducted free blood glucose testing in November 2009 as well as last February. More than 200,000 people were tested during these prior events, with more than 25 percent testing at-risk for diabetes.

“Walgreens recognizes the need to further heighten diabetes awareness, and by offering free testing in thousands of communities nationwide, we’re providing a valuable health care resource that may save lives,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy services. “Through these events and through interaction with our pharmacists and Take Care Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants, we’re providing the tools and information to improve the lives of those at risk for or affected by diabetes.”

Each participating Walgreens will host an eight-hour walk-in clinic offering a free blood glucose test, or, in most states, for individuals diagnosed with diabetes, a free A1C test. Walgreens pharmacists and Take Care Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants are available for patient consultations. In most locations, they will also administer the tests.

For more information and to find the nearest event, visit Walgreens and Find A Store or call 1-877-W-and-You (1-877-926-3968).

As part of American Diabetes Month®, Walgreens will make a $100,000 donation to the American Diabetes Association. Last month, a new report from the CDC projected that one-third of Americans could have Type 2 diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue. Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes, and an additional 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes, according to the CDC. Visit Walgreens’ Diabetes info page for the latest news and information on diabetes prevention and management, plus tips, recipes and more to help people living with diabetes lead healthier, fuller lives.

About Walgreens

Walgreens logoWalgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2010 sales of $67 billion. The company operates 7,580 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility, long-term care and mail service, along with pharmacy benefit solutions and respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Walgreens Take Care Health Systems subsidiary is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

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