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New York Hospital Queens Set to Launch Diabetes Education Program

Flushing, New York - Diabetes has emerged as one of the world's biggest health problems and its prevalence is increasing at an alarming rate. The American Diabetes Association cites self-management education as the corner stone therapy for people with diabetes.

In January, the Cardiac Health Center at New York Hospital Queens is set to launch an ongoing Diabetes Education Program that will be conducted by certified clinical diabetes educators—a nurse and a dietician, who are specially trained to teach people how to control and manage diabetes.

“Diabetes is a risk factor for people with heart and vascular disease,” said John Nicholson, M.D., director of the Cardiac Health Center. “For 15 years the Cardiac Health Center has been providing support for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and others at risk for heart disease.”

The Diabetes Education Program benefits those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes as well as those who have had the disease for many years and need to get a better handle on how to best manage their condition. Since not every person with diabetes is the same, the program is geared to the individual needs of each patient.

Those in the program would learn about the right foods to eat, how to make good meal choices during the holidays and when dining out, ways to best manage and control blood sugar levels throughout the day, times to accurately test glucose levels, signs to look for when diabetes goes out of control, and areas of the body that can be affected by out-of-control diabetes, like the eyes, feet and heart.

At the end of the program, participants will be more informed decision-makers on how to best manage behaviors that are under their control such as diet, exercise and consistent self-care. Patients in this program continue to receive medical care from their own doctors. This program is designed to help patients make more informed decisions with their personal doctors on diabetes management.

Better management of the disease leads to fewer doctor and emergency visits and can lead to a reduction of diabetes-related health problems. Studies have shown that a Diabetes Self Management Education program gives patients an improved health outlook and quality of life.

Learning sessions are given as a group and on a one-to-one basis. The classes are broken up into two, 4-hour blocks. For a personal touch, there are two individual evaluations, at the start and at the conclusion of the program.

This program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and is covered by most health care insurance plans, including Medicare. Program content is derived from evidence-based studies and meets national standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.

The Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows is the only program in Queens to be accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and has a 98 percent satisfaction rating from the thousands of patients who participate each year. The Center also has programs open to the public, including a weight management program and a range of alternative therapeutic services such as Tai Chi, yoga, reiki and acupuncture to complement traditional medical and surgical treatment.

The Cardiac Health Center is located at 174-03 Horace Harding Expressway, easily accessible by the Long Island Expressway and public transportation. For more information about the Center or to sign up for the program, please call (718) 670-1695.

New York Hospital Queens provides comprehensive cardiovascular services to the 2.3 million residents of Queens, where heart disease death rates are higher than the national average.

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