CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — November is National Diabetes Month, an opportunity for Americans to come together and ring the alarm on the ever-growing diabetes epidemic. Millions already are living with the disease, and far more are currently at risk.
Both type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) and type 2 diabetes (adult-onset diabetes) can lead to life-threatening health consequences without proper care. There’s no cure, but careful management allows diabetics to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Any Lab Test Now empowers clients to take control of their health without needing doctor’s orders or insurance.
“It’s important to understand your body and put your wellness first,” franchise owner Julie Blasingame said. “Any Lab Test Now can provide the answers you’re looking for.”
Diabetes is more prevalent than people may think. An estimated 37 million Americans are living with the disease, while data shows that 1 in every 3 Americans, or roughly 96 million people, may be pre-diabetic. Pre-diabetes means a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Without lifestyle changes, pre-diabetics will likely develop type 2 diabetes.
Many cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable. If you feel like you may be symptomatic or have certain risk factors, or if you want to take preventative measures to decrease your risk, the American Diabetes Association recommends a blood glucose test. Any Lab Test Now performs a glucose serum test, also known as a fasting blood glucose test, to determine if your blood glucose levels are within a healthy range. It also screens for pre-diabetes, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
The lab also provides a diabetes maintenance panel, which tests diabetics as well as people who want to find out if they have diabetes more thoroughly. The panel includes four tests: a complete blood count, a comprehensive metabolic panel, the hemoglobin A1c and the diabetic urinalysis. Together, these tests can help monitor how well-controlled your diabetes is and determine if your kidneys are functioning properly.
“It’s important to know those levels because blood sugar highs and lows can sometimes mimic flu-like symptoms,” Blasingame said. “You don’t want to disregard those and end up in a dire situation.”
Any Lab Test Now has been serving Southern Utah for 12 years and provides quick and accurate results for over 8,000 panels. The lab is continually expanding its menu of tests while making essential information more convenient for clients to access. A new urinalysis tool allows them to screen for bladder infections, UTIs, kidney stones and hepatitis with same-day results.
If you’re experiencing respiratory symptoms, your first instinct may be to take an at-home COVID-19 test. But what happens when it comes back negative? Any Lab Test Now can test for COVID as well as strep, RSV and the flu with a single nasal swab. Results are delivered within an hour, giving you priceless peace of mind before visiting loved ones for the holidays.
Any Lab Test Now also now offers DNA My Dog. With just a cheek swab, dog owners can discover their pet’s unique genetic makeup, which plays a huge role in their personality traits and recommended activity levels.
“A lot of us don’t have purebreds, so it’s important to know what’s going on with our animals and what works best for them,” Blasingame said.
The lab recently expanded its hours to accommodate a variety of schedules. Clients can walk in for testing or schedule an appointment between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday as well as 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Any Lab Test Now is one of more than 170 independently owned and operated franchise locations and is affiliated with accredited labs throughout the United States. As such, a doctor’s referral is not required for any test. Services aren’t covered by insurance, but the lab does accept FSA and HSA cards as payment.
“We’re fast, we’re easy and we’re inexpensive,” Blasingame said. “If you can think of it, we can test for it.”
Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.
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