The American Diabetes Association recently recognized the Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH) Diabetes Self-Management Education Program for achievement in diabetes education. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) cited the program for high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The MSDH’s Diabetes Self-Management Program is only the fourth state program to be recognized by the ADA.
The Association’s Educational Recognition Certificate ensures that educational programs meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs. Programs achieve recognition for having a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The ADA recognition sets a national standard of quality for diabetes programs,” said Victor Sutton, MSDH Director of Preventive Health. “And it gives assurance to our residents that they will receive high-quality service.”
In 2012, Mississippi ranked second in the nation for diabetes, with 279,000 adults having diabetes ―12.5% of Mississippi’s adult population. Nationwide, the adult diabetes rate is 9.3%. An estimated 8.1 million Americans are not aware that they have this disease. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease or stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease or amputation.
Diabetes is preventable. Learn more about risks for developing diabetes and steps you can take to help prevent or self-manage the disease: www.HealthyMS.com/diabetes.