BEAUFORT, SC – The American Diabetes Association estimates that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk.
However, there is good news for those who have diabetes or may be at risk, according to Beaufort Memorial Hospital internal medicine specialist M. Randy Dalbow, MD.
“We have made great strides in understanding diabetes over the past 20 years,” said Dr. Dalbow, who treats patients at Beaufort Memorial Lady’s Island Internal Medicine. “Physicians now have many resources that can save our patients from the complications that plagued the generations before us.”
Dr. Dalbow will present a free seminar “Everything You Wanted to Know About Diabetes (and Don’t be Afraid to Ask),” on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at The Quality Inn at Town Center in Beaufort. A light, continental breakfast will be served. Seating is limited and registration is required.
The hospital will also be offering free glucose screenings prior to the seminar from 7 to 8 a.m.
The seminar will focus primarily on type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease. Dr. Dalbow will explore the symptoms, causes and treatments for type 2 diabetes, including:
- What is diabetes and what causes it?
- The differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
- Organs affected by diabetes and how to protect them.
- How to control or reverse diabetes and prevent long term complications.
- Medications used to treat type 2 diabetes and the associated risks.
Dr. Dalbow moved to Beaufort last year from Pennsylvania, where he was associated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Prior to joining UPMC, he was in a solo internal medicine practice in Wexford, PA and was also Medical Director at Mariner Healthcare, a sub-acute facility for post-hospitalization and long-term care nursing home patients. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine.
The lecture is part of the “Life, Lived Better” community series hosted by Beaufort Memorial LifeFit Wellness Services. Series lectures focus on overall wellness, prevention, and health improvements for the best quality of life, and will be held throughout the year.
To register for “Everything You Wanted to Know About Diabetes” call the Beaufort Memorial Hospital registration line at 843-522-5585, or toll-free at 888-522-5585, by Friday, Jan. 25. The Quality Inn at Town Center is located at 2001 Boundary Street in Beaufort.
For information about Beaufort Memorial LifeFit Wellness Services and Dr. M. Randy Dalbow, visit www.bmhsc.org.