Hannibal Regional Diabetes Center merits ADA recognition

Pictured left to right: Marie Niemeyer, RDN,LD,CDE, Hannibal Regional Diabetes Center and Megan Kemp, RDN, LD, CDE, Hannibal Regional Diabetes Center and Weight Management Program.

The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) service was recently awarded to the Hannibal Regional Diabetes Center.

ADA believes that this service offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational services meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.

DSMES services apply for Recognition voluntarily. Services that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)2017 National Diabetes Statistic Report, there are 30.3 million people or 9.4% of the population in the United States who have diabetes.

While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.2 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, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease, and amputation. About 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 18 years or older in 2015. Diabetes continues to be the seventh leading cause of death in the US in 2015 as it contributed to 252,806 deaths.

For more information on the Hannibal Regional outpatient Diabetes Education Center, call 573-629-3382.

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