November shines a spotlight on a growing health concern: diabetes. As we delve deeper into this awareness month, it’s imperative that we arm ourselves with knowledge and take proactive steps towards ensuring better health outcomes for ourselves and our community. In this article, we break down the essentials of diabetes, available screenings at Alaska Health Fair (AHF) events, and how our partnership with the State of Alaska can benefit you.
What is Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to properly utilize or produce insulin, a hormone essential for converting sugar into energy. Without this process, sugar accumulates in the blood, leading to various health complications. Pre-diabetes, on the other hand, is a condition that precedes diabetes. It means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Catching and addressing pre-diabetes early can prevent it from escalating to full-blown diabetes.
Symptoms and Screenings
Common symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, excessive thirst, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, blurry vision, and slow-healing sores. If you’re experiencing any of these signs, it’s crucial to get tested. At AHF events, the A1C Screen priced at $25 provides information on your average blood sugar over the past few months, indicating your risk for diabetes or glucose-related issues. See the full range of tests and their costs on our website: www.alaskahealthfair.org.
The best defense against diabetes is a good offense. This includes:
- Maintaining a balanced diet.
- Regular physical activity.
- Monitoring blood sugar levels.
- Regular health screenings.
AHF and State of Alaska Partnership Project
The exciting collaboration between AHF and the State of Alaska Department of Health continues this health fair season. If you suspect you might be at risk of diabetes/pre-diabetes, participate in our self-assessment survey during our health fairs. If undiagnosed and found at risk, you qualify for a free A1C test, available to those 18 and older. We’re offering Free A1C for eligible Alaskans to empower them with vital information about their health. Find out more about this partnership and the resources offered by visiting this article: https://alaskahealthfair.org/keeping-alaskans-healthy-fall-2023-brings-the-return-of-free-diabetes-screening/.
An Open Invitation
We encourage every Alaskan to take a proactive stance on their health. Visit our health fairs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and many other communities. View our event schedule and blood test pricing at www.alaskahealthfair.org.
Your health is not only an individual treasure but also a communal one. When we share information, resources, and support, we create a ripple effect of well-being. Join us in the journey towards a healthier future. Together, let’s make diabetes awareness not just a monthly endeavor but a lifelong commitment.
Alaska Health Fair, Inc. has been dedicated to delivering health fairs and providing affordable blood tests statewide since 1980.
November Health Fairs
The health fair season is winding down, and we have just a handful of events left before AHF will go on a winter break. Now is the last chance to take advantage of the affordable comprehensive blood tests offered at all our health fairs. AHF health fairs will resume in February. As always, you can schedule your appointment online and view the most current event lineup on our front page at www.alaskahealthfair.org. Walk-ins are always welcomed at all our events.
- Kodiak – 11/3/2023, 8am-12pm: Kodiak Community Health Fair, Hope Community Resources Rec. Center, 917 Mill Bay Rd., Kodiak AK 99615
- Fairbanks – 11/4/2023, 8am-12pm: University Park Community Health Fair, 554 Loftus Rd., Fairbanks, AK 99709
- Fairbanks – 11/7/2023, 8am-1pm: Fairbanks Office Draw, 725 26th Ave., Suite 201, Fairbanks, AK 99701
- Anchorage – 11/7/2023, 8am-12pm: Anchorage Community Health Fair, 570 W 53rd Ave, Anchorage AK 99518 Flu and Covid Immunizations will be available
- Fairbanks – 11/14/2023, 8am-1pm: Fairbanks Office Draw, 725 26th Ave., Suite 201, Fairbanks, AK 99701
- Anchorage – 11/18/2023, 8am-12pm: Community Health Fair on O’Malley, 1801 O’Malley Rd, Anchorage AK 99507 Flu and Covid Immunizations will be available
- Fairbanks – 11/18/2023, 8am-12pm: Fairbanks Community, 725 26th Ave., Suite 201, Fairbanks, AK 99701
- Talkeetna – 11/18/2023, 8am-12 pm: Talkeetna Community Health Fair, Upper Susitna Senior Center & Community Center, 16463 E. Helena Ave, Talkeetna, AK 99676
If you need assistance understanding your blood test results, please call our toll-free voicemail box at 1-833-800-1292. An AHF Health Educator & RN will return your call and address your questions. Remember, blood testing is an invaluable tool, but only your healthcare provider can provide a comprehensive assessment of your health.
About Alaska Health Fair, Inc.
Alaska Health Fair, Inc. is a nonprofit organization delivering around 100 health education events (health fairs) statewide and connecting thousands of Alaskans with local health and wellness resources as well as offering affordable blood tests at all health fairs. Visit our website at www.alaskahealthfair.org for detailed information on blood tests, pricing, appointment scheduling, and more. We hope to see you at the fairs!