BMH diabetes program receives national recognition

The Blount Memorial Diabetes Management Center has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association. Originally recognized in November of 2001, the center’s program offers high-quality education services to diabetes patients and their families.

The ADA’s voluntary recognition process assures that approved education programs have met the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs.

Diabetes patients who participate in ADA-recognized diabetes management programs are taught self-care skills that enable better management of a diabetes treatment regimen. The program covers the disease process, nutrition management, medication monitoring, preventing, detecting and treating acute and chronic complications and psychological adjustment. The program also offers information for diabetic women who are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant, including preconception care, management during pregnancy and gestational management.

Through the support of the Blount Memorial Diabetes Management Center team, patients can assume a major role in their diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admission and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

The Diabetes Management Center offers day, morning, afternoon and evening classes throughout the year. For more information about the center or about upcoming classes, call 865-977-5767.

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