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Northside Hospital-Cherokee Receives Diabetes Recognition

Posted on: September 28, 2015


Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s Diabetes Education Program in Canton has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).  Northside’s Program was first recognized by the ADA in September 2002 and held this prestigious honor every year since by meeting the organization’s national standards for diabetes self-management education programs.  Northside’s latest recognition has been approved through September 2019.

“We are honored to receive this recognition once again from the American Diabetes Association,” said Leigh Bonacci RN CDE, program coordinator, Northside Hospital-Cherokee Diabetes Education.  “The process gives us a national standard by which to measure the quality of our services.”

Recognition from the ADA is voluntary.  Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.

Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s Diabetes Education Program is taught by knowledgeable and certified health-care professionals and provides patients with the highest quality education and most up-to-date information to aid them in the management of their diabetes.  Available for individuals at risk for or who have Type 1, Type 2, gestational or pre-diabetes, the comprehensive Program teaches participants how to control their diabetes and adapt a diabetes self-care plan to fit their lifestyle.  Participants learn:
•    how to count carbohydrates
•    how to tell the difference between insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and type 1 and 2 diabetes
•    about blood glucose levels
•    nutrition and healthy meal tips
•    about the factors that impact blood glucose control, not just the foods we eat

According to the ADA, there are 29.1 million people 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 approximately 4,657 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.  Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US.  Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

For more information about diabetes and Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s Diabetes Education Program, call (678) 493-1503.

Read more about Diabetes & Nutrition Services at Northside.

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