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Utah County, IHC providing 30 free prediabetes blood tests

The Utah County Health Department and Intermountain Healthcare are partnering to raise awareness of prediabetes by offering free hemoglobin A1c blood tests to the first 30 qualifying individuals.
The Utah County Health Department and Intermountain Healthcare are partnering to raise awareness of prediabetes by offering free hemoglobin A1c blood tests to the first 30 qualifying individuals.
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PROVO — The Utah County Health Department and Intermountain Healthcare are partnering to raise awareness of prediabetes by offering free hemoglobin A1c blood tests to the first 30 qualifying individuals.

The A1c blood test, which are $15 at the health department, determines if a person has prediabetes. IHC has made it possible for the first 30 qualifying people to receive the test for free. To qualify, individuals must be low-income and meet specific requirements on a prediabetes self-assessment.

For more information, or to find out if you qualify for the test contact JulieAnn Titmus at 801-851-7014 or julieannt@utahcounty.gov .

According to a statement from the health department, 1 in 3 adults in Utah County have prediabetes, and 90 percent of those with prediabetes are unaware they even have it. Prediabetes is the condition when a person’s blood glucose (blood sugar) level is higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes.

The good news is that people with prediabetes may delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and possibly return their blood glucose levels to normal by participating in Prevent T2, a national diabetes prevention program. The health department is starting classes on Tuesday, Aug. 22.