Diabetes Treatment And Support
Since 1995, the Stanley S. Dunkelman, M.D. Diabetes Treatment Center has been serving the people in our area with diabetes. The Center earned American Diabetes Association recognition in 1998 and has maintained their accreditation since that time.
A Team Approach to Diabetes Care
The staff at the Diabetes Treatment Center is the most experienced in the area with over 45 years of combined experience in diabetes education. Our team consists of nationally-certified diabetes educators who hold degrees in nutrition and nursing and are certified in many new advanced technologies including insulin pumps and glucose sensors.
Diabetes self-management education is an integral component of medical care. Working with your medical provider, the Center's team develops an individualized program that includes a broad range of treatment and education components:
- Diabetes self-management classes, including topics on exercise, medications, monitoring, sick day management, travel, health promotion, acute and chronic complications, cardiac nutrition and meal planning.
- Diabetes management during pregnancy
- Insulin management including insulin pump therapy
- Nutritional counseling
- Blood glucose monitoring and continuous glucose monitoring
- Diabetes community education programs
- Support groups
Our pump certifications include: Animas (One Touch Ping), Medtronic, Insulet (Omni Pod) and CozMore.
Diabetes is a disease that can cause very serious health complications in patients including heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness or eye problems, the need for amputations, premature death, as well as many other conditions and complications. It occurs when your pancreas is not effectively producing the hormone insulin or is unable to utilize insulin for its primary function: to help glucose from the food we can absorb into our bodies to produce energy.
This condition will raise a patient's glucose levels in the blood and over time can cause damage to the body and failure of various organs and tissues.
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 29.1 million people, 9.3% of the population, in the United States have diabetes (with 21.0 million people diagnosed, and 8.1 million people undiagnosed). This means that 27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed.
There are three main types of diabetes and a condition called, prediabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes
Sometimes referred to as juvenile-onset diabetes, early-onset diabetes, or insulin-dependent diabetes. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, this means that your body does not produce insulin or produces very little. Type 1 diabetes typically develops in children and young adults, although can effect all ages. Approximately 10% of all cases of diabetes are Type 1. People with this form of diabetes will need daily injections of insulin for the rest of their lives. If untreated, or without insulin injections, the individual may die.
Gestational Diabetes (GDM)
This type of diabetes affects women during pregnancy and is characterized by high blood glucose levels during pregnancy, which usually disappears after child birth. It develops in one in 25 pregnancies worldwide and, when undiagnosed or untreated, may cause complications to mother and baby. Women with GDM and their children are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life - with approximately half of women with a history of GDM go on to develop type 2 diabetes within five to ten years after delivery.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of this disease, making up approximately 90% of all cases word-wide. In individuals with Type 2 diabetes, their bodies are insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency - which means the body does not produce enough insulin to function properly or your body's cells do not react to insulin. The diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can occur at any age and may remain undetected for many years. People with type 2 diabetes can often initially manage their condition through exercise and diet. However, over time may require oral drugs and or insulin.
The vast majority of patients with type 2 diabetes initially had prediabetes. Their blood glucose levels where higher than normal, but not high enough to merit a diabetes diagnosis. The cells in the body are becoming resistant to insulin.
Studies have indicated that even at the prediabetes stage, some damage to the circulatory system and the heart may already have occurred.
Understanding this disease, its symptoms, risks and ways to treat, can allow diabetes patients of all ages to seek the treatment they need, be diagnosed, and live long and healthy lifestyles.
Get The Education, Skills, and Support You Need
The Orange Regional Dunkelman Diabetes Center is an excellent resource for people with diabetes at any stage. You can benefit if you:
- Just found out you have diabetes or pre-diabetes
- Have had diabetes for some time and are having difficulty with blood sugar control
- Have developed complications related to diabetes
- Are interested in the latest technologies and treatments, including insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring
- Have developed diabetes during pregnancy
- Just want to be more informed about your health
The Stanley S. Dunkelman, M.D. Diabetes Treatment Center is specially staffed and equipped to give you the next best thing to a cure - control. We offer you the education, skills and support you need to take control of your life!
Diabetes Support Groups & Classes
Explore our upcoming diabetes classes and group meetings listed below in our online community calendar. To register or for more information, call 1-888-321-6762
MEET OUR TEAM
- Lorraine Porcaro, Diabetes Clinical Manager
- Shelly DeHaan, Manager, Diabetes Treatment Center