Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

November 14, 2018
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                 Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announce that November is Diabetes Awareness Month, the perfect time to learn more about type 2 diabetes and how to prevent or delay the onset.

Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is a chronic disease in which there are high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is caused by a problem in the way your body makes or uses the hormone insulin. Diabetes can damage many parts of the body, including the heart, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.

Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they usually have "prediabetes." That means their blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be called diabetes. People with prediabetes are more likely to develop diabetes within 10 years and they are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

Call the Health Department at (845) 364-2651 or visit and take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. If your score shows you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, or if you have been diagnosed with prediabetes by your health care provider, you may be eligible to take part in the Rockland County Department of Health's free, highly successful, National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). "It is a proven way to prevent diabetes by making small lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods, losing 5-7% of your body weight and learning to keep it off, and being more physically active," said Dr. Ruppert.

The Health Department will offer a National Diabetes Prevention Program as well as the Living Well with Diabetes Program in the Spring of 2019. This free program is for those who have type 2 diabetes and want to learn how to better manage their symptoms to take better control of their health. Call (845) 364-2651 for more information about these programs. They are open to all who live, work, or attend school in Rockland County.

Talk to your health care provider or visit the American Diabetes Association website at for more information about type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.