Long Island Community Hospital Diabetes Wellness Education Services has been Awarded Education Recognition by the American Diabetes Association
The Diabetes Self-Management Education & Support (DSMES) at Long Island Community Hospital has been awarded Education Recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for the next four years.
Diabetes affects one in every eleven Americans with a new case diagnosed every twenty-three seconds, of which 18,000 are children. Locally, in the latest Community Needs Assessment conducted by the Long Island Health Collaborative, the chronic disease was identified in the top five of on-going health concerns among Long Islanders.
“Diabetes self-management education & support services facilitate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for optimal diabetes self-care for those with diabetes.” states Long Island Community Hospital President and CEO Richard T. Margulis. “Studies have documented that self-managed education and support is associated with improved glycemic control, weight loss, improved quality of life and reduced mortality risk – all of which contributes to a reduction in the overall cost of care.”
ADA accredited DSMES are guided by evidence-based national standards of care so that program participants receive the education and support that empowers them to make informed self-management decisions.
“Patients who receive a new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes are often overwhelmed. Frequently, they lack the confidence or the tools to be able to manage their disease. Our goal is to work with the patient to simplify it.” explains Maria Curcio, Diabetes Wellness Education Services Coordinator at Long Island Community Hospital. “The certified diabetes educator and the patient work together to establish health goals that are manageable and empower the patient to succeed.” She adds, “If you have diabetes, through one-on-one counseling and diabetes self-care group classes, we’ll teach you skills that enable you to make informed day-to-day decisions to help you live a healthier life. Together, we can make a difference in your health.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than one in three adults in the U.S. has prediabetes, a condition that if untreated can develop into diabetes within five years. In prediabetes, blood sugar levels are elevated, but not enough to require medication. For people with prediabetes, increased physical activity and weight loss are essential to preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Participants in Diabetes Wellness Education & Support learn to:
- plan healthy meals
- understand what their diabetes medications do
- monitor blood glucose levels
- increase daily physical activity
- cope with and manage stress
- stay motivated for a lifetime of health
- prevent relapse
Curcio notes that “Patients that receive Diabetes Wellness Education & Support Services, and then make even small lifestyle changes, see there is an immediate impact on how they feel. They learn that they can take control of their health and that their diabetes doesn’t have to control them.” She added “Our goal is to facilitate lifestyle changes so that there is less reliance on medications to improve and maintain blood glucose control.”