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Whether you or a loved one is newly diagnosed with diabetes or have been dealing with this condition for some time, the Diabetes Management Center at Lowell General Hospital can help.

“We are a place where people of all ages can come to learn about their diabetes, and we empower them to incorporate skills into their daily lives in order to be healthy and have successful outcomes,” says the center’s Clinical Manager Judith Pentedemos, APRN, BC, CDE.

The center opened in May 2014 and is staffed by medical director Dr. Miguel Ariza; Pentedemos, who is a nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator; a registered nurse; and two dietitians who provide individualized medical nutrition therapy.

People with any type of diabetes can take a variety of group classes, participate in free support groups, and receive one-on-one counseling by appointment. Most counseling services are covered by insurance. The center also offers the latest specialized technology for diabetes management, including continuous glucose monitoring systems and insulin pumps.

The center fills a serious, growing health need.

“The incidence of diabetes, especially type 2, is on the rise, and we’re seeing it in younger and younger people,” Pentedemos explains. “The earlier we can educate people before diabetes-related complications start, the better outcomes they’ll have. In many cases, diabetes can even be reversed if the patient takes charge of their condition soon enough. Early intervention is critical, she stresses.

“When you develop diabetes later in life, there aren’t that many years of exposure,” Pentedemos explains. “But in someone who’s 30, complications with the heart, eyes or kidneys can develop after just ten years if the disease isn’t managed appropriately. Younger patients must be aggressive to prevent these long-term complications.”

The Diabetes Management Center staff provides a wealth of resources on how to do this.

“We are a full-service center, easily accessible with free parking, and we have evening hours to make it convenient for people who work,” Pentedemos says. Notably, the center is certified
by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), which means it has met rigorous national standards for the quality and comprehensiveness of its educational services.

“All too often, people with diabetes feel overwhelmed and just don’t know how to get started,” she continues. “But it comes down to taking small steps that start the process. Once they see progress, they want to do better and they feel better. We’re here to help them succeed.”

Read stories from some of our patients:

  • Doreen Boyle — One Patient's Story of Managing Diabetes
  • Danny Rourke  Fitness Partnership Pays Off for Lowell City Councilor with Diabetes
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