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Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates Diabetes Alert Day

March 25, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center’s Dunkelman Diabetes Center is encouraging community members to take part in the 25th Annual American Diabetes Alert Day, a one-day, ‘wake-up call’ that promotes taking a Diabetes Risk Test to determine if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The test can be taken online at www.ormc.org or call the Orange Regional Dunkelman Diabetes Center at 845-695-5858.

To help people better recognize their own risk for type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association provides the Diabetes Risk Test, asking users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and educate the community about this preventable disease,” says Dunkelman Diabetes Center Manager, Shelly DeHaan, RD, CDE. “Providing education regarding the possible healthcare consequences, if not detected or properly managed, is also crucial. Detecting type 2 diabetes early can make a real difference to a person’s quality of life.”

Moderate lifestyle changes can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes. Early diagnosis is essential in avoiding potential complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death. Diabetes affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. In addition, 79 million, or one in three American adults have pre-diabetes which increases their chances of developing type 2 significantly. Likewise, millions are unaware they have, or are at risk for, type 2 diabetes while many are diagnosed seven to ten years after the onset of the disease.

To learn more about Diabetes contact Orange Regional’s Dunkelman Diabetes Center at 845-695-5858 or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About the services provided at the Orange Regional Dunkelman Diabetes Center
Located at 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown, New York, the Orange Regional Dunkelman Diabetes Center’s team of nationally certified diabetes educators has over 45 years of combined diabetes education experience. Staff members work with patients with diabetes and their doctors to develop an individualized program that includes a wide range of treatment and education components to properly manage the disease. The Center provides comprehensive education and support for children, adolescent and adult patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes. Services include nutritional counseling; blood glucose monitoring; continuous glucose monitoring; insulin instruction and insulin pump training; diabetes self-management classes and diabetes management during pregnancy. Additionally, the Center offers adult and child support groups for persons with diabetes and their families, as well as an insulin pump support group.

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