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Greater Regional Diabetes Education program merits ADA continued recognition

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 11:42 a.m. CDT

The Greater Regional Diabetes Education program has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The prestigious award recognizes quality diabetes self-management education programs. The ADA believes the Greater Regional Diabetes Education program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The ADA Education Recognition Certification assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs apply for recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 25.8 million people or 8.5 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, 7.0 million people are not aware they have the disease. Each day, approximately 5,205 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn they have they disease when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness and nerve disease and amputation.

Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the education recognition program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

For more information, contact the Greater Regional Diabetes Education program at 641-782-3845 or visit GreaterRegional.org. 

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