How can a diabetes educator help me manage my diabetes?

A certified diabetes educator (CDE) can help you not only manage your diabetes, but educate you on this disease of diabetes, and its complications. Being educated on a chronic disease is vital, it empowers you to learn all you need to know for safe management of this disease, allows you to make wise choices in your lifestyle, and points you in the direction of staying healthy and happy. A CDE and other members of your healthcare team will help you stay on the track to better management of diabetes, which allows you to live a happy and healthy life.
Angela Ginn
Nutrition & Dietetics

A diabetes educator can improve the health status and quality of life. The education provided can range in topics from healthy eating, being active, monitoring, medication, help with solving problems, coping with the disease and reduce risk of complication. Educators give people with diabetes the skill, knowledge, empowerment and tools to be successful. 

Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease. It is critical for patients with diabetes to obtain tight control of their blood sugar. If you have diabetes, your doctor may refer you to a diabetes educator to help you achieve this goal. Diabetes educators are specially trained to help patients understand diabetes and what they need to do to manage it, including keeping your HgbAIC level in the range of 6 to 7, which is the blood test marker for diabetes control. Diabetes educators can provide support as you develop a plan for managing your disease and set goals for adopting behaviors to help you maintain targeted blood glucose levels.

Diabetes educators may come from the ranks of registered nurses, registered dietitians, pharmacists, or other medical specialty areas. They may be credentialed either as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) or as Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM).

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