The Orlando Health Diabetes Program is designed for adults with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators and has met vigorous criteria set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that:
- 29.1 million people in the United States (or 9.3 percent of the population) have diabetes
- 21 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes
- 8.1 million people (or 27.8 percent) are living with diabetes and don’t know it
It has been projected that 1 in 3 individuals will develop type 2 diabetes by 2050.
Benefits of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support
Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support has been shown to:
- Be cost effective by reducing hospital admissions and readmissions, as well as estimated lifetime healthcare costs related to a lower risk for complications
- Improve hemoglobin A1c by as much as 1 percent in people with type 2 diabetes
- Reduce the onset and/or advancement of diabetes complications, to improve quality of life
- Services are provided by an experienced certified diabetes educator (CDE)
- Group classes are offered as a series of three classes
- Each class is a 3-hour class