It's complicated, cupcake


I just got my Diabetes Newswire, and the news looks grim. A few partial headlines:

"Minorities less likely to receive 'cornerstone' diabetes test"

"Eye damage from diabetes remains the leading cause of blindness'"

"'Silent strokes' linked to kidney failure in diabetics"

Good grief. Why doesn't everyone with diabetes just throw in the towel already? Of course, this gives me a chance to climb up on my  personal responsibility soapbox once again, this time to tout the importance of 1) preventing Type 2 diabetes, and 2) after a diabetes diagnosis of any flavor, taking adequate care of yourself, including testing and eating right.

Yes, I know, it's a lot more complicated than simply saying no to the birthday cupcakes that are, as I write this, being devoured in the UPub conference room. So, hats off to anyone with diabetes who manages not only to survive, but thrive with the disease. In fact, maybe next week I will feature a few here.

Theresa Flaherty



I am sure Walgreens will not mind if you share this to help with your cause.



Walgreens announces free blood glucose testing at all 24-hour stores and Take Care Clinics nationwide

Initiative announced on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” today, includes free testing events at thousands of Walgreens stores over the next two weeks

Feb. 4, 2010 – With the number of diabetes cases nationwide increasing 90 percent over the past decade, diabetes has become the fastest-growing disease in the U.S.

In fact, it’s estimated more than 6 million Americans are unaware that they are currently living with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Furthering its commitment to diabetes awareness and early disease prevention, Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain with more than 70,000 health care providers, is announcing free blood glucose testing at all Walgreens 24-hour stores and Take Care Clinics nationwide tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” today.

Additionally, free blood glucose testing events will be held at select Walgreens stores in thousands of communities nationwide as well as at all 356 Take Care Clinics through Feb. 18. This marks the second time in four months that Walgreens has offered free blood glucose testing, as part of its ongoing effort to stop diabetes and its commitment to providing quality, accessible health care.

“We’re proud to offer these free blood glucose testing events as another means to heighten diabetes awareness and overall health and wellness,” said Kermit R. Crawford, Walgreens executive vice president of pharmacy services. “We want everyone who’s concerned about diabetes to be able to get tested. Through interaction with our pharmacists and Take Care nurse practitioners, and the many tools and resources Walgreens offers, we hope to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes or at risk for diabetes.”

Blood glucose testing is available to patients 18 years and older at select Walgreens stores through Feb. 18 and is subject to availability. For more information and to find the nearest event, visit

Take Care Clinics, located at select Walgreens stores, will offer free blood glucose testing daily through the end of February from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Patients who are tested at an event and who show signs of risk will be encouraged to follow up with their primary care provider.

Nearly 24 million people in the United States live with diabetes, and an additional 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death in the world, says the World Health Organization.

The free blood glucose testing at Walgreens stores is being sponsored in part by Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care and sanofi-aventis U.S. Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care is a leader in diabetes monitoring systems and other products and services that simplify life for people with diabetes and health care professionals. Sanofi-aventis U.S. is a leading global pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions with operations in more than 100 countries worldwide.

In November, Walgreens held its first Diabetes Wellness Events, through which more than 80,000 tests were administered. More than 25 percent of individuals who were screened at the events tested “at risk” for diabetes.

Visit for the latest news and information on diabetes prevention and management, plus find and learn about a selection of products that can help people living with diabetes lead healthier lives.

About Walgreens
Walgreens ( is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2009 sales of $63 billion. The company operates 7,149 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most convenient access to consumer goods and services and cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services in America through its retail drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division and Walgreens Health and Wellness division. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and Walgreens Long-Term Care Pharmacy LLC. Walgreens Health and Wellness division includes Take Care Health Systems, the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.