Why is educating patients an important part of diabetes management?

Reza Yavari, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Educating patients is an important part of diabetes management, since nutrition and exercise has a direct impact; organization is also crucial to managing the disease. Watch endocrinologist Reza Yavari, MD, discuss why diabetes education is vital.

Nadine Pazder
Nutrition & Dietetics

No matter how many doctors you see or how many appointments you keep related to a diagnosis of diabetes, it is the patient who lives with it day-to-day and is responsible for optimal glucose management. And that cannot happen if the individual has not received appropriate and specific education regarding diet, medications, glucose monitoring, exercise and sick days just to get started.

Laura Motosko, MSEd, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Becoming informed about diabetes and treatment empowers patients to make lifestyle changes to manage diabetes. Education is an important part to become less fearful of the disease and more proactive in your treatment to maintain your health.

Jessica Crandall
Nutrition & Dietetics
Registered Dietitians are a crucial part of diabetes management and prevention of disease progression. We work with your current medical team; provide you with nutritional goals guidelines as well as step by step guidelines that will help you achieve optimal levels and life skills as a Diabetic. Registered Dietitians apply evidence based counseling and on average has been able to decrease hemoglobin A1 levels by 1-2 percent over 3 visits.

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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