Central New York Diabetes Education Program Receives ADA Recognition

Media Contact: 
Caitlin McCann
Communications Specialist
(315) 624-5433
Release Date: 
Mar 18, 2014

In March 2014, the Central New York Diabetes Education Program (CNY Diabetes) at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) received the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for their quality diabetes self-management education program. The recognition indicates that CNY Diabetes offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

“This process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services provided to patients,” said Caroline Jacobus, RN, CDE, director of CNY Diabetes. “It assures our patients that they will receive high-quality service.” Education Recognition status is awarded for four years.

According to the ADA, there are 26 million people in the United States who have diabetes. An estimated 19 million have been diagnosed; however 7 million people are unaware that they have the disease. Each day approximately 5,200 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, nerve disease and amputation. The risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of a similar age without diabetes. Early intervention, lifestyle change and education are vital in preventing and living with diabetes.

CNY Diabetes offers multiple classes and counseling for those with prediabetes and diabetes. For more information on the program, visit www.faxtonstlukes.com/diabetes or call 315.624.5620.

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