Diabetes Education Week Focuses Attention On Benefits of Diabetes Self-Management
For Release: November 5, 2012
National Diabetes Education Week, which runs through November 10, raises awareness of the role that diabetes educators play in helping patients self-manage the disease and reduce healthcare expenses.
Diabetes educators are healthcare professionals who counsel patients on how to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their lives. They also help them understand how their medications work, teach them how to monitor their blood glucose to avoid the risk of complications, and enable them to problem-solve and adjust emotionally to diabetes.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that diabetes education reduces healthcare expenses by preventing or delaying many of the more serious complications that may arise.
The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) provides information on how to find a diabetes educator, as well as resources for educators and patients, , including strategies for managing the condition.
AADE recently released a guide on how people with diabetes can enjoy the holiday season and stay on track with their diabetes management. To view the guide visit: www.diabeteseducator.org/aware/holidayeating.
For more information about how find a diabetes educator, visit: www.diabeteseducator.org/find.