Diabetes education program receives recognition from the American Diabetes Association

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital's diabetes education program recently received the American Diabetes Association's Education Recognition Certificate. The program has been recognized since June 2002 as a high-quality educational course that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. Education Recognition status is awarded to an organization for four years.

Educational programs must meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs to receive the Education Recognition Certificate. The application process is voluntary. Those that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide comprehensive information about diabetes management.

"The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide," said Melanie Shehan, MS, RD, coordinator of the HGB Diabetes Education Program. "And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will receive high-quality education and service."

There are 25.8 million people or 8.5% of the population in the United States who have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. An estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed. Unfortunately, 7 million people are not aware they have diabetes when they are treated for one of the disease's life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation.

In 2010, about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in the U.S. Diabetes contributed to 231,404 deaths in 2007, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

"Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age who don't suffer from the condition," Shehan said.

For more information about the HGB Diabetes Education Program, contact Melanie Shehan at (517) 543-1050, ext. 1249, or mshehan@hgbhealth.com.