The Diabetes Learning Center of Mon General Hospital’s self-management
education program has been awarded continued recognition from the
American Diabetes Association (ADA).
The ADA Education
Recognition effort, begun in 1986, is a voluntary process which assures
that approved education programs have met the National Standards for
Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve
recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals
who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management.
“The recognition process gives professionals a national standard by
which to measure the quality of the services they provide,” said Mon
General Hospital Diabetes Education Coordinator Andrea McCarty, MS, RD, LD, CDE.
“In addition, it helps consumers to identify these quality programs.”
Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes
treatment. A participant in an ADA recognized program will be taught
self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her
diabetes treatment regimen. All approved education programs cover the
diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity;
medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting and treating acute
complications; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications
through risk education; goal setting and problem solving; psychological
adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy, and
“Assuring high-quality education for
patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the ADA’s Education
Recognition Program,” McCarty said. “Through the support of the health
care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient
can assume a major part of the responsibility for diabetes management.
Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic
complications of diabetes many be prevented through self-management
The Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from the ADA and awarded for three years.
Approximately 23.6 million people in the United States, 8% of the
population, have diabetes, according to the ADA. While an estimated 17.9
million have been diagnosed, 5.7 million people 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 and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and
amputation. Since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by
45%, while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke, and cancer have
The Diabetes Learning Center of Mon General Hospital is
located at 200 Wedgewood Drive, Suite 107, in Morgantown. For more
information, call 304-598-1805.