This fall, it’s common for people to be concerned about respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 and flu. However, another condition presents heightened risks this time of year — diabetes.
Screening for and managing diabetes is especially important right now, as diabetes increases a person's chances of developing serious complications and being hospitalized from COVID-19 and the flu.
That's why this November, which is Diabetes Awareness Month, Walgreens is partnering with local clinics to offer free testing and education:
- Get tested for free: Hundreds of participating locations will provide free A1C and blood glucose testing;
- Access discounted products: Exclusive Walgreens discounts on diabetes products are available throughout November; and
- Speak directly with trained pharmacists: More than 20,000 Walgreens pharmacists are specially trained in diabetes care and can provide patients with helpful tools to manage their A1C and glucose levels through regular testing, treatment and lifestyle changes. They can also connect them with further care and help them navigate insurance and costs.
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Walgreens said these services will help reduce barriers to care for individuals with or at risk for diabetes so they know where they stand and can take action. They also can consult with their pharmacist for free, year-round, for further support in managing the condition.