Earlier this year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) re-certified Flagstaff Medical Center's Diabetes Education program with a three-year education recognition certificate. The ADA recognized FMC for meeting national standards for diabetes self-management education programs, an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
According to the ADA, there are 21 million people, or 7 percent of the population in the United States, who have diabetes. Each day, more than 4,100 people are diagnosed with diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million people have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people are not aware they have the disease. Many will first learn they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications - heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation.
FMC's Diabetes Education program is designed to help people manage their diabetes, whether they have been newly diagnosed or living with diabetes for many years. Classes and support are available for those with type 1, type 2, gestational and pre-diabetes, and diabetes prevention.
A team of specialty-trained healthcare professionals offer individuals and their families the tools, skills, knowledge, courage and support needed to manage their diabetes. Outpatient appointments are available for individuals seeking one-on-one consultation, medical nutrition therapy, intensive insulin therapy, insulin pump training, those with special needs and education for children with diabetes.
Each month, FMC offers a four-week Diabetes Education that is billed to insurance, and a one-time Diabetes Prevention Class that costs $20.
For more information on diabetes education and support groups at FMC, call (928) 773-2033 or (928) 214-3814.