How can I find a recognized diabetes education program?

Amy Campbell
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
You can find an accredited diabetes education program by going to the American Association of Diabetes Educator's website at One you're there, click on the link that reads "About Diabetes Education" and then you can find a program in your state. Accredited education programs are also covered by Medicare and provide comprehensive diabetes education, based on the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.
You can find a Recognized Education Program in your area by calling the American Diabetes Association’s Center for Information and Community Support at 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383). These programs are covered by Medicare and many insurance plans. Recognized Education Programs that meet the National Standards cover all of the following topics:

• general information about diabetes and its treatments 
• adjusting psychologically to caring for diabetes 
• setting goals and solving problems 
• understanding your meal plan and incorporating it into your life 
• incorporating physical activity into your life 
• testing and recording your blood glucose and urine ketones accurately and using the results to manage your diabetes 
• managing sick days 
• preventing, detecting, and treating long-term complications 
• caring for diabetes before and during pregnancy

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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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