ST. GEORGE — At least for a couple weeks, it will be less costly to find out if you’re in the danger zone for getting Type 2 diabetes.

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The Southwest Utah Public Health Department is providing free A1C tests from Monday through Nov. 22 that can determine if someone is in a pre-diabetes state. The pinprick test is normally $25.

According to the department, pre-diabetes happens when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. A third of American adults have pre-diabetes but 80% don’t know it.

Those interested can take a risk screening by clicking this link. A score of five and above qualifies for the free test.

“It rates risk factors like age, gender, heredity, BMI, etc.,” said David Heaton, spokesperson for the Southwest Utah Public Health Department in a text message to St. George News.

The test is more likely to give points if someone is male, above 50 and high in weight.

Those who qualify can then call 435-986-2557 and make an appointment at either the Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver or Garfield county offices of the health department.

The test is not much more than a pinprick; patients will know the results in minutes.

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“It measures blood sugar levels over the past three months,” Heaton said.

He added that A1C test results can empower people to work with their doctor to develop a plan to make sure pre-diabetes never becomes diabetes.

“We give some guidance based on the result, which may include follow-up with a healthcare provider,” Heaton said.

After Nov. 22, Southern Utah residents can still make an appointment for the test, but it will cost $25.

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