Town offering health testing program

The month of March starts the national push for awareness of good nutrition and good health and the town is offering a program to help.

Being obese or overweight, having high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and/or high blood sugar levels all increase one’s risk for health problems like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. During the months of March and April, the Department of Health’s Laboratory is offering the Lucky Numbers Program to test people for cholesterol (lipid profile) and blood glucose at a cost of $25. Fasting is required for both tests.

This offer is for a limited time only and is supported in part by a state grant. The laboratory, located on the lower level of Town Hall, will conduct testing on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 to 11 a.m.

Heart disease is a major public health concern in the state and is the major cause of death. Annually, about one-third of all deaths in Connecticut occur due to heart disease. In Greenwich, almost one-half of all annual death reports are cardiovascular related. A major risk factor for coronary heart disease is high blood cholesterol. About 38% of adults in Connecticut have high blood cholesterol, with the rate being higher in men than women. The prevalence of high blood cholesterol also increases with age.

Diabetes is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and about seven percent of all adults in Connecticut have been diagnosed with it. Many people are not aware that they are at risk for developing diabetes. In addition, world health leaders predict that by year 2030 more than 75% of the world’s deaths will be caused by cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

The Lucky Numbers Program has been designed to encourage all residents to have their blood tested for blood glucose and cholesterol. The cholesterol test will include HDL  or “good” cholesterol, LDL or “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides. A blood glucose test will also be offered to screen for pre-diabetes. Both blood tests involve a finger stick. Confidential results will be provided either while you wait or will be mailed. Health education materials will be available and referrals will be made if needed.

Payment can be made with cash or check payable to Town of Greenwich. Credit cards, Medicare or Medicaid will not be accepted. For more information call the Department of Health Laboratory at 203-622-7843.

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