Arkansas Blood Institute is launching free hemoglobin A1c testing for all donors, it announced Tuesday.
The test, which measures average blood sugar for the past two or three months, will be performed as part of the standard health screening provided with every donation. The testing will be offered for all donors through October.
“Our donors so generously give health to others through their blood donations,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Now, we’re excited to offer them back additional information as part of their giving, so they can know more about their risk for diabetes.”
People with high A1c readings are at greater risk for having diabetes and its complications. This laboratory finding can be used as a tool for both diagnosing cases and evaluating glucose control therapies.
One out of three Arkansans are either diabetic or prediabetic, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Appointments to donate can be made online at arkbi.org or by calling 877-340-8777. Donors who have received the most common vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson) may donate blood without a waiting period, assuming they are feeling well. Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives.