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How can I find a recognized diabetes education program?

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
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 www.aadenet.org. 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.

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