Augusta, GA – Learning how to manage diabetes can be a challenge, but patients in the Augusta area have a resource to help them that has been certified again by the American Diabetes Association, ADA.

The Diabetes Education Program at Doctors Hospital earned its recertification in February. The program, which was the first to receive recognition in Augusta, has been certified by the ADA since 1987. The ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education, which 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. The certification process is voluntary.

Along with classes to teach patients skills for managing diabetes, the hospital, through its Healthy Living Center, offers a Diabetes Support Group.

The ADA, which has a Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday, March 23, says that there are 20.8 million people with diabetes, of which 6.2 million are people who are not aware that they have this disease. Since 1987 the death rate due to diabetes has increased 45 percent. One in five Americans are at risk for Type 2 diabetes.

About Doctors Hospital
Since its founding over 35 years ago, Doctors Hospital has become Augusta's premier healthcare provider by listening to our patients and responding to the evolving needs of our community. The hospital today is a full service medical/surgical facility, located in the heart of Augusta's fastest growing area, committed to quality healthcare services, advanced diagnostic/treatment technologies, and wellness resources. In addition to Orthopedics, Doctors Hospital specializes in Cancer Care, Women’s Services, and is home of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, which cares for over 3,000 patients annually.

About the American Diabetes Association
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.