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Davis Medical Center Diabetes Program Earns Continued ADA Recognition

February 20, 2018

The Davis Medical Center Lifeskills program has been recognized for meeting national standards for diabetes self-management education by the American Diabetes Association for the period of Feb. 1, 2018 to Feb. 1, 2022.  The Lifeskills program is intended for qualified patients with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and is a flexible learning experience aimed at helping patients deal with the “real-world” environment and life circumstances that exist for each person. The program is led by qualified professionals including a Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitians, Physical Therapists, Pharmacists and Registered Nurses.

James Severino, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at DMC said he is pleased with the recognition from the American Diabetes Association for Lifeskills.

“The ADA has set high standards for education programs such as our diabetes self-management program called Lifeskills,” Severino said. “We provide a quality service for our community members and increase the likelihood of positive outcomes through in-depth education.”

Severino said the ADA certified Lifeskills program is a series of three sessions that build off one another. He said the classes cover every element of diabetes care and education including meal planning, testing, medication usage, foot care and problem solving.

“There are plenty of studies suggesting tight control of blood sugars decrease further complications for not only day-to-day life but for future health,” Severino said. “Most patients with diabetes understand that HgbA1c is a lab used to monitor blood sugar control over several months. Studies have suggested that for every one percent reduction in results of HgbA1c blood tests, the risk of developing eye, kidney and nerve disease is reduced by 40 percent while the risk of heart attack is reduced by 14 percent.”

Severino said last year, participants in the Lifeskills program had an average start Hgb1c of 8.6 percent and ended with an average of 6.9 percent.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population in the U.S. who have diabetes. The ADA said assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

Additional information about the DMC Lifeskills program is available by contacting Severino at 304-637-3343 or online at davishealthsystem.org.