The discount chain is offering free health screenings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m this Saturday for people who visit one of its nearly 600 locations with a pharmacy.

By Rachel Swalin
Updated: November 26, 2018
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Chicken, avocados, paper towels, and...a cholesterol test? That's what your shopping list could look like this weekend if you head to a Sam's Club.

The discount chain is offering from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m this Saturday for people who visit one of its . Licensed technicians will be on hand to administer tests that are valued at more than $200 (while supplies last). And you don't have to be a Sam's Club member.

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Here's what's being offered on Saturday:

· A1C blood test: measures average blood sugar levels over 2 to 3 months; can diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and show current patients how they're doing
· Blood glucose: tests current blood sugar levels
· Cholesterol: total number, HDL (good cholesterol), and the risk ratio between the two
· Blood pressure
· Body fat percentage
· Vision screening:

Early detection of diabetes is key for preventing , like high blood pressure and stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that . Another , the CDC says. That's when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but isn't high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes boosts your odds of developing that condition and also raises your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Getting a free screening from Sam's Club this weekend could help you make sure it doesn't become a permanent thing.

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