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Mississippi Becomes Fourth State Recognized by American Diabetes Association for Education Program

JACKSON, Miss.- Mississippi is the fourth state to be recognized by the American Diabetes Association for their Self-Management Education Program. The ADA recently recognized the Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH) Diabetes Self-Management Education Program for achievement in diabetes education citing the program for high-quality education that is crucial to diabetes treatment.

“The ADA recognition sets a national standard of quality for diabetes programs,” said Victor Sutton, MSDH Director of Preventive Health in a press release. “And it gives assurance to our residents that they will receive high-quality service.”

In 2012, Mississippi ranked second in the nation for diabetes, with 279,000 adults having diabetes, according to the MSDH. Nationwide, the adult diabetes rate is 9.3%. An estimated 8.1 million Americans are not aware that they have this disease. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications like, heart disease or stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease or amputation.

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