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Giving it Free
Saturday, September 15, 2007
It's free blood sugar examination, given every last Wednesday of the month in our clinic, from six to eight in the morning. Patients come this early so that they will not be so hungry for breakfast, as they are needed to fast before the examination. We do this to screen potential diabetics, those with positive family history, as more and more people are being afflicted with the disease. This way rich and poor alike have access to free screening. There are times that starter doses are available, and patients, especially the poor, will not be having a hard time with maintenance, as there are lots of affordable but equally effective anti-diabetic medicines in the market.

There are lots of this free screenings going around in other clinics. So what difference do we offer? We offer free consultation regarding the condition at the same time. Aside from that, we also offer free lectures on diabetes, in a way a layman would understand. We believe that patients who understand their illness better will be more compliant with regards to taking medicines religiously and will do the best they can to avoid certain foods that will surely affect blood sugar levels.

Why am I telling you all these? One is to educate potential diabetics that screening is not always expensive, that there's hope for the poor diabetics, that monitoring blood sugar levels is within reach, and most important of all, to encourage fellow doctors to give free consultation at the same time.

In other clinics offering the same screening, or any other medical screenings, it is only the nurse or the medical technology, or the medical representative who is physically present to interpret the result. Patients are just informed that their sugar levels are either normal or increased. They are not given the proper advice on what to take, what to avoid, nor given more detailed info about their condition. Sometimes a doctor would arrive on the place, but way too late for patients to wait. They're just too hungry to wait until ten or eleven in the morning, as they had not taken anything for breakfast. Most of these patients who avail of these free screenings are old, if not the senior citizens of our localities. Let's give better medical care for them by giving free consultations even for only once a month.

For more information about diabetes, please read here and here.

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