Health department to host diabetes testing

In an effort to get an early diagnosis of diabetes, the Bartholomew County Health Department will be administering blood sugar tests on two separate days.

Hemoglobin testing, often used to diagnose blood diseases such as anemia, will also be provided.

Both tests will be provided by appointment only the mornings of Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 at the department’s nursing division, located at 2675 Foxpointe Drive, Suite B.

The department is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The A1C blood sugar screenings is used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes, or gauge how well a diabetic is managing his or her condition. People being screened can eat and drink normally before the test.

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can help reduce the risk of serious complications such as premature heart disease, stroke, blindness, limb amputations and kidney failure, according to the Mayo Clinic website.

The cost for the A1C screens is $12, while the Hemoglobin tests will be administered for $2. Cash, debit or credit cards will be accepted.

To schedule an appointment, call 379-1555, and use Option One.