The Centegra Diabetes Center in Crystal Lake recently earned the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for quality diabetes self-management education. To be awarded the certification, the American Diabetes Association recognized the center for its high-quality diabetes self-management education program that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-management Education Programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisor Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994 and 2000.
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,” comments Sue Chapman, RN, manager of the Centegra Diabetes Center. “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 the ADA and is awarded for three years.
The Centegra Diabetes Center offers its patients a diabetes management program designed to help patients live with their disease. The center is staffed with Certified Diabetes Educators, Registered Dietitians and Registered Nurses, all who work individually with each patient and their physician to create the best diabetes self-management plan right for them. Comprehensive group self-management sessions are also available as well as medical nutrition therapy, blood glucose monitoring, gestational diabetes programs, insulin pump training and pre-diabetes testing.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 18.2 million people or 6.3 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 13 million have been diagnoses, unfortunately, 5.2 million people are not aware they have the disease. Each day approximately 3,561 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn 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.
For more information on the Centegra Diabetes Center or to make an appointment, call 815-356-2382.