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6- CAPE AZE'IVI, lritla. Otobei-' 1'/"- O'irbf 23. ldcd7 ADA recognizes Kent General for diabetes program The American Diabetes Associ- ation has awarded "Diabetes and You Education" at Kent General Hospital with its Certificate of Recognition for quality diabetes self-management education. The association's award ensures that educational programs meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education pro- grams. These standards were devel- oped and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and revised by the diabetes community in 1994. Programs applying for the recognition award voluntarily submit to a rigorous review process by experts in the field of diabetes who evaluate each pro- gram on its ability to provide patients with a comprehensive, individualized education program. "Because people with diabetes have a chronic disease which impacts on almost every aspect of their day to day lives, they are best monitored, managed and instruct- ed by highly skilled healthcare professionals who have the latest information on the treatment and education of people with dia- betes," said Michelle Sobczyk, community development special- ist with the American Diabetes Association, Delaware affiliate. "All Association-recognized programs have a staff of knowl- edgeable health professionals, which ensures participants that they will receive the highest dia- betes education available," she said. The Diabetes Control and Com- plications Trial (DCCT), a 10- year study of Type I diabetes patients, proved that optimal con- trol of blood glucose levels pre- vents or delays complications in people with Type I diabetes. As blood glucose levels approach normal ranges, the like- lihood of complications develop- ing or progressing decreases. The American Diabetes Associ- ation believes that the results of the DCCT may also apply to peo- P.LActive to meetweekly beginning Thursday, Nov. 6 P.L.Active, a bereavement sup- port group for persons living with AIDS, persons who have lost sig- nificant others to AIDS or other catastrophic illness and especially those who have experienced mul- tiple losses or layered grief, will meet every Thursday for six weeks, beginning Nov. 6. The group will meet at the parish house located at 2nd and Mulberry Streets, Lewes. This is professionally facilitated program and confidentiality is assured. There is a small charge for those who are still working and financial assistance will be arranged for those on disability. For more information and to sign up, call 644-4791. Didyk Continued from page 35 tant. The American Diabetes Association recommends a diabet- ic diet of carbohydrates, protein and fat in specific percentages. Calories per day may range from 1,800 to 2,400, depending on the patient's size and activity level. Didyk identified the following common symptoms of diabetes: frequent urination, excessive thirst, urination at night, frequent urinary tract infections (women), high blood sugar levels and weight loss. Any of those symptoms may serve as a warning; people experi- encing them should see their physician. Didyk graduated from the Med- ical University of South Carolina at Charleston, where she served her residency and internship in internal medicine. Following that, she completed an endocrinology fellowship at the same school. .Didyk also has a mastei"s degree in public administration from the College of Charleston and the University of South Car- olina at Columbia. She holds both a master's and bachelor of science degree in biol- ogy from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. She has held research specialist positions in rheumatology and , pathology and presented papers at national meetings. She has held memberships in the New Jersey Society of Parasitology, the South Carolina Medical Association and the American College of Physi- cians. To make an appointment with Didyk, call 645-6644. Urologist R.U. Hosmane, M J)., P.A. F.R.C.S. (EDIN) F.A.C.S. pie with Type II diabetes. Optimal control may be best accomplished by comprehensive self-manage- ment education and close moni- toring. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hor- mone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells and be used for energy. Currently there is no cure for diabetes. According to the American Dia- betes Association, more than half of those affected by diabetes do not know they have this serious disease. Many will first learn they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its complications - heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and foot and leg amputation. More than 650,000 people will be diagnosed with diabetes this year; more than 160,000 will die from this disease. The American Diabetes Associ- ation is the nation's leading non- profit health organization support- ing diabetes research, advocacy and information. Founded in every state, it con- ducts programs in more than 800 communities nationwide. Specializing in Vascular, Oncologic, Thoracic and General Surgery 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, Delaware 19958 (302) 645-3712 550 S. Dupont Highway, Suite F, Milford, Delaware 19963 (302) 424-7781 -- Now Offering- Expanded Ur010gical Services Including: Female Urological Problems Kidney Stones including Lithotripsy Prostate Problems Diagnosis  Treatment of Genito-urinary cancers Male Sexual Dysfunction Children's Urological Problems Urinary Incontinence Male Sterilization Disorders of Male Reproduction including Infertility