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(Elizabethtown, KY) — The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self‐management education program was recently awarded to at Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Diabetes Self- Management Program. The 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 and 2007. 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. The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide. 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 three years.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 23.6 million people or 8% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 5.7 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,384 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, and nerve disease and amputation, About 1.6 million new cased of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2007. Diabetes contributed to 233,619 deaths in 2005. Since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45%, while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke, and cancer have declined.

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 has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information about Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Diabetes Self‐Management Program call (270) 706‐5092 or (270) 706‐5071, online or by email at diabetes

For more information on Recognized education programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association
programs, call your local ADA office or contact the ADA online at

Hardin Memorial Hospital. 913 N. Dixie Ave. Elizabethtown KY 42701.
Phone (270) 737-1212
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