Access to Wellness
Sam’s Club Pharmacists are providing glucose and cholesterol screenings* for members
Pharmacists have been described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as some of the most accessible health care professionals in the United States. A Gallup poll in 2016 also ranked pharmacists as some of the most trusted medical providers in the industry.
It’s with that in mind that the Sam’s Club health screening program has been expanded in select states to provide valuable health screenings for its members through our talented team of Pharmacists.
The new Pharmacy Screenings include:
- Blood glucose levels
- HDL (good cholesterol)
- LDL (bad cholesterol)
- Total cholesterol
- Consultation with a Pharmacist about the results
In addition to our quarterly health screenings and other award-winning Pharmacy services, such as immunizations, Optical and Hearing Aid Centers, higi® health stations, and healthy food selections, these expanded screenings are part of our ongoing effort to help members lead healthier lives and are available anytime the Pharmacy is open.
Blood glucose monitoring is one of the primary tools for detecting and managing diabetes. National diabetes statistics show 86 million Americans suffer from prediabetes, and those people are more likely to develop diabetes over time. At normal levels, glucose acts as fuel for the cells in your body. High sugar levels slowly erode your body’s ability to produce insulin and can also lead to heart disease, poor circulation to the legs and feet, strokes, complications related to your kidneys and more.
Keeping your cholesterol levels in check is another great way to stay healthy and lower your risks for heart disease and stroke. Simply put, cholesterol is a fatty substance found in your blood and cells that is produced by your liver. Too much bad cholesterol can lead to chronic health problems like heart disease and stroke.
Bad cholesterol (also known as low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) comes from animal sources like meat and full-fat dairy products. When you eat foods high in saturated and trans fat, your liver produces more bad cholesterol. Good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, HDL) helps break up the blockages caused by LDL. HDL can be found in omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed, green leafy vegetables and walnuts.
Annual exams with your primary care physician along with participating in a few simple tests throughout the year can help detect early onset of several serious medical conditions like heart diseases and diabetes.
*Restrictions apply. Subject to availability and applicable state laws. 18 years and above. Screenings only available at clubs with a Pharmacy. Health screening tests may or may not alert you and your doctor to serious medical problems and are not intended to be substituted for a physician’s examinations. This service is currently not a covered benefit under Medicare or Medicaid when administered by a pharmacist. Patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid are encouraged to contact their primary physician for health services.