January 17, 2012 15:28 ET

MDPrevent Sweet Life Diabetes Self-Management Program Receives AADE-Accreditation

DELRAY BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - Jan 17, 2012) - The Sweet Life Diabetes Self-Management Program from MDPrevent was recently accredited as a diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

"With scientists now predicting that 77 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with either diabetes or pre-diabetes by 2030, we are excited to help area residents deal with this horrific disease. Our primary care and preventive medicine practice is focused on helping diabetics and other sufferers of chronic disease learn how to continue to live a full life as well as help those with pre-diabetes prevent the full-blown disease," said Steven Charlap, MD, Chief Medical Officer of MDPrevent.

Experts recommend diabetes screening for those suffering from fatigue, dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination or weight loss.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people enroll in an ADA-approved self-management program.

The Sweet Life program includes two half-day sessions and yearly medical nutritional therapy sessions working with a team of certified diabetes educators. Topics that will be covered include: glucose targets and how to achieve control; how to recognize and prevent complications; nutrition and mean planning; lifestyle modifications to promote good health; and stress reduction techniques.

MDPrevent, located at 5130 Linton Blvd, Suite H-1, Delray Beach, Florida, 33484, will be offering its Diabetes Support Group on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10-11am. Our Self-Management and Educational Training classes will take place the 1st and 2nd Thursdays of each month, from 9-1 pm.

The Diabetes Support Group this month will be held on January 25th from 10-11am and the next Diabetes Self-Management and Educational Training Class will be February 2nd from 9-1 pm and the following class will be February 9th from 9-1 pm (both have scheduled breaks).

"Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE's accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care," said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. "The Sweet Life Diabetes Self-Management Program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009."

About MDPrevent

MDPrevent is a new concept in primary care that integrates primary care, preventive medicine and education. The goal is to improve life and smooth out the effects of aging by identifying, preventing, delaying or mitigating the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia and some forms of cancer. MDPrevent is located on the campus of Delray Medical Center. Learn more at