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Published on October 13, 2015

Cone Health Opens Rockingham County’s First Diabetes Management Clinic

Rockingham County has the highest rate of adult-onset diabetes in the Triad and one of the highest in the state. That is why Cone Health has opened a clinic to help people manage diabetes. The Cone Health Nutrition and DiabetesNutrition & Diabetes Management Center-Reidsville Management Center-Reidsville is at 1107 S. Main St., Reidsville. Patients will need to be referred by area primary and specialty providers.

“We see many cases of diabetes in our hospitals and we do a great job in treating this condition. But there are few resources in our community for diabetics once they go home,” says Certified Diabetes Educator Penny Crumpton, RD, LDN. Crumpton will provide counseling, education and nutritional advice for people referred to the clinic.

The practice is expected to have 600 visits its first year. Crumpton will also provide monthly diabetes education classes at Annie Penn Hospital. The free classes are designed to help diabetics manage their chronic condition. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to foot and skin problems, amputations, strokes and death.

“For type 2 diabetes, which makes up about 90 percent of all diabetes, it is almost never enough to just prescribe medications,” says Gebreselassie Nida, MD, of Reidsville Endocrinology Associates. “The most important piece in managing diabetes is diabetes education, which has been largely missing in Rockingham and surrounding communities. The opening of the clinic will change the quality of life for those who are affected by diabetes.”

People wanting more information about the Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center-Reidsville can call 336-832-3236.

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