November is Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Month.

We believe that patient education is an essential component of the on-going quality care we provide to the diabetic population of our community. We strongly emphasize the concepts of self-management and patient responsibility. We promote these concepts through a teaching program designed to provide individuals with diabetes, their families, significant others, and friends with needed and desired information in the area of technical, psychosocial and behavioral skills in order to achieve and maintain optimal health.

Facts you need to know:

  1. Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.

  2. Another 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

  3. One out of every 3 children (and 1 in 2 minority children) born in the United States today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue.

  4. About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction, and other nerve problems.

  5. The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.

  6. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

  7. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.

  8. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.

Prevention, Symptoms, and information for Diabetes include:

  1. Regular exercise, a healthy amount of fiber in your diet including whole grains, maintaining a healthy weight, and sticking to a healthy diet.

  2. Those who are at most risk are people over the age of 45, those who have a family history of diabetes, are over weight, do not exercise regularly and who have high blood pressure.

  3. Type 2 Diabetes is most common in African Americans and Latinos.

  4. Symptoms of Diabetes include excessive thirst, excessive urination, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, fatigue, irritability, and vomiting/nausea

Our team members include physicians, nurse practitioners and Certified Diabetes Educators (C.D.E.s) credentialed nationally by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. To learn more about Diabetes and the services we offer click here.



Please contact us if we can help in any way.

UHS Wilson Medical Center
Diabetes Education and Management Center
Arch Street, Picciano 2, Johnson City

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital
Diabetes Education Program
179 North Broad Street, Norwich
(607) 337-4111

UHS Delaware Valley Hospital
Diabetes Education Program
2 Titus Place, Walton
(607) 865-2159