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Loring Hospital Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

Loring Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program was recently awarded the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program. The ADA’s Recognition Certificate assures that Loring Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program meets and exceeds the National Standards for diabetes self-management programs. 

ADA believes Loring Hospital’s diabetes program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. Loring Hospital’s Diabetes Education program is guided by our registered dietitian and diabetes education coordinator, Jill Williams. “Learning to live with diabetes is critical to our patients’ health,” Williams stated. “We are honored to be recognized by the ADA as having a high-quality diabetes education program for the communities we serve. By being a recognized program we have additional resources available for our patients through the ADA,” says Williams.

Our Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Program at Loring Hospital provides quality, comprehensive learning opportunities guided by Williams. At Loring, our program can be tailored to help children, adolescents and adults learn a variety of ways to manage diabetes. Instruction is based on clinical practice recommendations of the ADA. 
Nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association, our programs support patients with diabetes as they improve their self-management skills, thereby leading to healthier outcomes.
With the Loring Hospital Diabetes Program Patients Will Learn:
General diabetes overview: understand the definition, pathophysiology and treatment of diabetes.
Nutrition guidelines: learn nutrition information and different approaches to diabetes management, including meal planning, carbohydrate counting, and weight management.
Exercise and activity: learn the effects of physical activity on blood glucose and how to create a customized activity plan.
Medications: learn the purpose, use and side effects of diabetes medications, including injections if ordered.
Monitoring: Learn about glucose monitoring, including frequency of testing, and how to record and interpret results to manage diabetes.
Acute and chronic complications: learn the acute and chronic complications that can occur with diabetes.
Coping, risk factor reduction and behavior changes: learn coping mechanisms for stress and how it can affect diabetes. Also hear problem-solving approaches for diabetes self-care and general health habits.
Community resources: obtain a list of community resources, including diabetes seminars and support groups.

The program fee can be filed with any insurance company, including Medicare or Medicaid. Reimbursement for diabetes education is a covered benefit for Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance, a benefit of being recognized by the ADA. A physician referral is required for participation in the program.

For more information about Loring Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education program, contact Jill Williams at 662-6396 or talk to your doctor today. You can also learn more about diabetes and our program by visiting www.loringhospital.org or www.diabetes.org.