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Diabetes Wellness Fair Benefits Entire Region
Middletown Regional Hospital's Diabetes Wellness Center, in conjunction with the Middletown Area Family YMCA, will host its sixth-annual Diabetes Wellness Fair Thursday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Middletown Area Family YMCA, 1020 Manchester Avenue. The fair, which coincides with American Diabetes Month, is free and open to the public. It is made possible by generous contributions to the Mid-Miami Healthcare Foundation's Diabetes Community Outreach Program.

Blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings will be offered, and representatives from various MRH departments will be on hand to discuss services available at MRH. Several organizations specializing in diabetes care also will be available to showcase their services and products. "We encourage everyone to stop by," said Carolyn Fogarty, director of the Diabetes Wellness Center. Everyone can benefit from information available at the fair, not just those with diabetes."

Because a number of other diseases are more visible or are discussed more frequently, diabetes has remained a "silent killer" through the years, according to Fogarty. The disease affects approximately 21 million Americans. Of those 21 million, more than six million are undiagnosed. In 2005, 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older.

"In Butler and Warren counties alone, there are more than 34,000 residents with diabetes," explains Fogarty. "Nationally, a staggering 54 million people have pre-diabetes. These are the people who could prevent diabetes through education, exercise and healthy eating."

With treatment and proper care, individuals with diabetes can lead long, fulfilling lives. But, if diabetes is not managed properly, it can lead to complications, such as heart disease, stroke and blindness. Through diabetes education, early and aggressive treatment, weight reduction, cholesterol control and constant vigilance, the risk of complications can be dramatically reduced.

For more information about the Diabetes Wellness Fair or if you have questions about other programs, please call the Diabetes Wellness Center at (513) 727-5475