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Wound Specialist Dr. Byoung Yang to Speak at April Diabetes in Check Meeting at St. Anthony Community Hospital

Adult Diabetes Support Group Monthly Meeting is on Monday evening, April 21

WARWICK – (March 30) – According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetes may result in the development of neuropathy, skin changes, calluses, ulcers, poor circulation, and amputation. Furthermore, the ADA estimates that 60 percent of the non-traumatic lower limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.

This is the subject Byoung Yang, MD, System Medical Director for Bon Secours Charity Wound and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) program will address at the regular monthly meeting of “Diabetes in Check” on Monday, April 21. The support group, open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, is sponsored by the Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital.  

Dr. Yang currently provides service to the community in wound care management at St. Anthony Community Hospital. During his talk he will discuss why foot ulcers develop in diabetes, how to prevent them and how the wound center can treat these wounds.

“All patients with diabetes must be made aware of the potential for problems with their lower limbs and how to prevent them” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN. “Dr. Yang will provide very useful information at our April 21 meeting.”

“Diabetes in Check,” will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor conference room. Everyone is invited to attend this important educational program geared for all adults with diabetes and their families.

According to the American Diabetes Association, as many as three million Americans are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Previously known as juvenile diabetes, the disease is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

The Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital offers a series of classes for all patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or those who demonstrate poorly controlled diets. During group or individual sessions, clinical instructors offer initial assessment, emotional support and will seek to help patients achieve a better understanding of the disease.

They will show their patients how to live a normal and productive life with diabetes and how to control the disease through diet and exercise.

All adults with diabetes and their caregivers are urged to attend the April 21 “Diabetes in Check” meeting. Seating is limited and all those planning to attend are asked to reserve a place as soon as possible by calling 845-987-5168.

Braadt and St. Anthony Community Hospital Lead Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator Janine Killeen RD, CDE are also available at “Diabetes in Check” sessions to answer any questions.

For more information about the Center for Diabetes Education, call 845-987-5168 or visit bschs.bonsecours.com.


About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Every year, nearly one million people in the lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Pennsylvania turn to Bon Secours Charity Health System (BSCHS) for innovative healthcare delivered with compassion. BSCHS has received national recognition, rankings and numerous awards for the level of care it provides.


BSCHS is comprised of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, NY; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY; St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY; a certified home health agency; two long-term care facilities; an assisted living/adult home facility and several other medical programs located throughout the region. The system employs more than 3,400, making it one of the region’s largest employers

Bon Secours Medical Group is BSCHS’s regional network of nearly 80 primary care physicians and specialists from a broad array of medical disciplines. These skilled clinicians play a central role in bringing personalized, preventive and expert care to people from every stage of life.

BSCHS is a member of the Bon Secours Health System—a national Catholic healthcare system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassionate healthcare to those in need. For more information, visit www.BSCHS.BonSecours.com. For a complete list of practitioners, visit http://bschs.org/find-a-physician-bon-secours-medical-group.html


Photo: Dr. Byoung Yang

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