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Bartlett honored for free health screening program

Posted: August 30, 2013 - 3:54pm  |  Updated: September 1, 2013 - 12:06am

The state recognized Bartlett Regional Hospital Friday for a free health screening program which has been operating in the capital city for 26 years.

As national attention intensifies on diabetes treatment while the disease is in its early stages, studies show higher percentages of Juneau residents are aware of their pre-diabetes than adults in other parts of the state.

The Alaska Department of Health and Human Services attributed the increased awareness in the capital to the free screening program.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about a third of American adults have pre-diabetes, but much fewer know it.

Early detection can lead to significantly delaying or completely preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes, said Jim Strader, director of community relations and marketing for the hospital.

Free screenings are offered at the Nugget Mall five to six times per year, and the hospital advertises those screenings in the local media and with public service announcements, Strader said.

Screenings last between 30 minutes and an hour, and consist of questions and a blood test. Anyone can walk up to the tables to get tested. Results are available within the hour.

If diagnosed with pre-diabetes, residents are encouraged to discuss the next steps with their physician, Strader said.

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