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UT Physicians is recognized by the American Diabetes Association

HOUSTON - (Nov. 28, 2017) - The UT Physicians Diabetes Self-Management Education program has received recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for meeting national standards by offering high-quality educational services to people living with diabetes.

“The ADA recognition certificate helps consumers identify quality programs in their area,” said Laura Hayes, R.N., nurse manager, diabetes self-management education program at UT Physicians, the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). “Our goal is to provide exceptional one-on-one and group instruction that improves and saves lives.”

Assuring high-quality self-management education is one of the primary goals of the recognition awarded by the ADA.  Participants in the program are taught self-care skills that promote better management of their diabetes. All approved education programs cover topics such as diabetes disease process, nutritional management, physical activity, medications, monitoring, treating acute complications, goal setting, problem solving and more. 

Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, people can assume a major role in the management of their daily lives with diabetes.  A crisis could be avoided by having the knowledge needed to react to challenges with the chronic condition.

At age 60, Dagoberto Hernandez is reeducating himself on Type 2 Diabetes after living with the condition for the past 14 years. He is part of the UT Physicians program and has learned a lot since he began attending the lessons in March 2017. “I think the classes are very good and informative,” said Hernandez. “Laura does a good job of letting me know what I should be doing—and what I shouldn’t be doing. I need to follow the rules.”

The following UT Physicians clinics received the ADA recognition: Bellaire Family Medicine, Sienna Village, Health Center – Cinco Ranch, The Heights, Victory and Greens. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30 million people in the United States have diabetes.

About the ADA

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association conducts programs in communities nationwide.

- Written by Melissa McDonald

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