Educational Diabetes Series Offered at Monongahela Valley Hospital

(October 21, 2016 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population have diabetes in the United States. While 21 million of those people have been diagnosed, 8.1 million people remain undiagnosed. During November, Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) is offering a three-part diabetes series.

The programs, which are part of MVH's Innovations in Medicine Living Well Series, begin Wednesday, Nov. 2, when Mark Hofbauer, D.P.M., discusses "What Is Diabetes?" and "How Can Diabetes Affect Your Feet?" Dr. Hofbauer is a foot and ankle specialist with The Orthopedic Group. He serves as the Fellowship Director of the Mon Valley Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program, as well as faculty of the West Penn Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program.

The programming continues Wednesday, Nov. 9, when Karen Pritts, MS, RDN, CDE, LDN, director of the Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology at Monongahela Valley Hospital, shares insight with a presentation titled, "How Do I Live With Diabetes?" At MVH, Mrs. Pritts leads an experienced team that helps people understand and manage their diabetes with education and support through inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

Alexander Tal, M.D., will lead the third program, "How Is Diabetes Treated?" on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Dr. Tal is an endocrinologist at MVH. He specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is board-certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine.

The programs are free. They will be held at 6 p.m. in the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at MVH's Carroll Township campus. Each session is expected to last approximately one hour. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is free.

To register, call 724-258-1333.

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