Agnesian HealthCare diabetes education program receives ADA recognition

Shelly Haberman
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Agnesian HealthCare was recently awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) education recognition certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program.

The association’s education recognition certificate assures that educational programs meet the national standard for diabetes self-management education programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

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.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” according to Nicole Gill, director of Diabetes Services with Agnesian HealthCare. “And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.”

Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

“Our team works diligently to ensure they have the information they need to effectively manage their disease,” says Gill. “We teach self-care skills that will promote better management of an individual’s specific treatment plan. We cover many aspects, including the diabetes disease process, nutritional management, physical activity, medications, preventing and detecting acute complications, goal setting and problem solving, and much more.”

Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, a patient can help prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and some acute and chronic complications of diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day, more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation.

About 1.4 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people age 20 years or older in 2014 in the United States. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is 50 percent greater than that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the association conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information, call the ADA office at (900) 342-2383 or visit diabetes.org/erp.

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