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Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates Diabetes Awareness

March 24, 2011

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center’s Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center is encouraging community members to take part in the “Join the Million Challenge” sponsored by the American Diabetes Association which runs through April 22. “Join the Million Challenge” is an awareness program that promotes taking a Diabetes Risk Test to determine if you are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. 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.

“Raising awareness and educating people about this preventable disease, and the possible healthcare consequences if not detected or properly managed, is necessary. Detecting Type 2 diabetes early can make a real difference to a person’s quality of life,” said Shelly DeHaan, RD, CDE, Manager of Orange Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Treatment Center.

Those at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes include people who are overweight, live an inactive lifestyle and those people over the age of 45. Losing only 7% of your body weight, increasing your physical activity and developing healthy eating habits can greatly reduce or even prevent your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

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 Type 2 diabetes or to take your free diabetes risk test call the Stanley S. Dunkelman, M.D. Diabetes Treatment Center at Orange Regional Medical Center at 845-692-8084 or visit www.ormc.org. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

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