05-21-2018

The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the Derry Medical Center program: Diabetes Management @Derry Medical Center. ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the national standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. Diabetes Management @ Derry Medical Center includes a team of Certified Diabetes Educators.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” said Vipra Rai, RD, CDE, clinical director of Derry’s program. “And of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.” Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, there remain 8.1 million people who 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 and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation. About 1.4 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people age 20 years or older in 2014 in the U.S. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is 50% greater than that of people of similar age, but without diabetes.

For more information about Diabetes Management @ Derry Medical Center, call 603-537-3033 or visit Diabetes Management @ Derry Medical Center