SARANAC LAKE - Adirondack Medical Center is proud to announce that Sharon Sorgule, Clinical Nutrition Manager, has successfully renewed her status as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). Candidates for CDE must meet rigorous eligibility requirements to be considered for certification. Achieving the CDE credential demonstrates to employers and people with diabetes that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. There are currently more than 15,500 diabetes educators who hold the CDE credential. Re-certification as a CDE is required every five years. Sharon has been employed at AMC since 1981. She first received her CDE credentials in 1997, one year after the AMC Diabetes Self-Management Education Program was initiated. Sharon became Coordinator of the program in 2001, which received accreditation from the American Diabetes Association in 2002. The program is up for re-accreditation in February, and an application for this status is currently pending. Education is so vitally important because a person with diabetes must be responsible for the day-to-day management of the disease due to medication, insulin, self-blood glucose monitoring, exercise and meal planning. AMC's Diabetes Self Management Program is a six-week comprehensive program taught by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, a pharmacist, physical therapist, registered nurses, and Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator Sharon Sorgule. Included in the sessions is valuable information on nutrition, exercise, medications, and prevention of acute and chronic complications. Call 897-2611 for more information.