WEBSTER — The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was presented to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Management Center on June 5.

This is the 21st year in a row the medical center received this certification that serves as recognition by the American Diabetes Association that Clear Lake Regional Medical Center’s program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

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 million people are not aware that they have this disease.

Each day, about 5,205 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, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease or amputation.

About 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people 20 years or older in 2010 in the US.

Diabetes contributed to 231,404 deaths in 2007, making it the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.

Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age without diabetes.

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,” said nurse Liz Miller, program coordinator.

“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.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public.

Founded in 1940, the ADA has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

The 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 Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

For information on recognized education programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call your local ADA office or contact the ADA online at www.diabetes.org/erp.

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