WEST BURLINGTON ? Great River Diabetes Education has received a four-year renewal of its American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate. The voluntary award confirms the program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.
?The process gives our diabetes professionals a national standard for measuring the quality of our services,? said Marcia Carlson, RN, CDE, program coordinator. ?It provides assurance that consumers can expect high-quality diabetes education from Great River Health Systems.?
More than 30 million people ? nearly 10 percent of people in the U.S. ? have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?s 2017 National Diabetes Statistic Report. An estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, but 7.2 million people are unaware they have the disease.
More than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes every day. Many will learn they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications ? heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease or amputation. Diabetes continues to be the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., contributing to 252,806 deaths in 2015.