Published on October 23, 2017

Free Diabetes Screenings at Pella Regional’s Medical Clinic in Ottumwa in November

PELLA, Iowa— Molly Engelhart, DNP, Diabetes Education at Pella Regional’s Medical Clinic in Ottumwa is offering free diabetes screenings for the community throughout the month of November. Diabetes screenings are open to everyone – and are free. Call 641-455-5200 to schedule a free screening through November.

When your body is working normally, the food you eat is digested and used as fuel. This fuel supplies energy to the body’s cells. When you have diabetes, the fuel can’t enter the cells. Without treatment, diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems.

Screenings consist of a blood glucose test is that tells you if your level of glucose, or blood sugar, is within a healthy range. The provider will use a lancing device to prick your finger and collect a drop of blood on a test strip. Participants should fast for 8 hours before the test, meaning eat nothing and drink only water. This will allow for a more reliable test result.

Test results will be shared in the same appointment and if there are concerns about prediabetes, diabetes or other health concerns, staff can schedule a follow-up appointment to address those concerns with the appropriate provider.

Diabetes is a disease that will not go away—but it can be managed by taking the proper and necessary steps to control it. Screenings are open to everyone – and are free. Call Pella Regional’s Medical Clinic in Ottumwa at 641-455-5200 to schedule a free screening through November.