HACKENSACK, NJ — The Diabetes Foundation has launched a county-specific support center through their website for Bergen County residents amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the foundation, the Bergen County Support Center was made possible by a grant received from the Russell Berrie Foundation, which has been earmarked to fund medication, supplies and support for Bergen County residents living with diabetes during the pandemic.
The Bergen County Support Center offers residents personalized services and programs such as a phone hotline, virtual education opportunities, Medication Assistance, Supply Assistance, A1c Testing and a Transportation Assistance program to help people get to medical appointments.
“As a Bergen County-based organization, this Support Center is our way of directly helping our neighbors during this pandemic,” said Ginine Cilenti, Executive Director of the Diabetes Foundation.
“The importance of helping those living with diabetes to navigate this difficult time cannot be overstated. We hope this one-stop-shop providing care and support for Bergen County residents will make a difference as they navigate these unpredictable times.”
The support center also includes a Bergen County-focused Diabetes Resource Solutions Specialist, Cassidy Starr, who is able to provide participants with answers to local and affordable options for diabetes management. Cassidy can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 201-444-0337, ext. 101.
Learn more about the support center at https://diabetesfoundationinc.org/bergen-county-support/.
Bergen County has been hit harder than nearly any other county in New Jeresey, and people living with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19, as fluctuations in blood sugar may compromise one’s immune system.
In addition, viral infections like COVID-19 can increase inflammation in people with diabetes, according to the foundation.
This article originally appeared on the Wyckoff Patch