Sunita Schurgin, MD, chief of endocrinology at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, and Rena LaVasseur, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, will provide information on managing diabetes as well as 10 easy ways to change your behavior and improve your overall health. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

The series of forums will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Wednesday, Nov. 11 with presentations on preventing complications of diabetes and lowering your calories and carbohydrates intake during the holiday season.

Hallmark Health opened the new Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford earlier this year in response to the epidemic of diabetes in men and women living in Massachusetts. The new center treats adult patients who have Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational diabetes with a comprehensive program including education, support and management.

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Education is key to curbing this dangerous trend and ensuring patients don't develop some of the major complications that can result if diabetes is not managed properly.

Some patients with Type 2 diabetes may not necessarily experience symptoms at the initial onset of the disease. It is critical patients contact their primary care doctor and get tested if they experience any of the following: frequent urination, unquenchable thirst, weight loss, weakness or fatigue, tingling or numbness in hands, legs or feet. A simple blood test can determine whether or not a patient is diabetic.

Forums are offered free of charge, but registration is required. Call (800) 540-9191 to register over the phone or visit to register online.

For more information about the new Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, call 781-306-6370 or visit


Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham, The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford, and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

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