If you have diabetes, you know how challenging it can be to manage your disease. Healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring your condition, taking medication and reducing your risk for complications are probably part of your daily routine. At times, all of this might seem overwhelming. But you can thrive with diabetes, and a diabetes care and education specialist can help.
As a member of your healthcare team, a diabetes care and education specialist makes managing your diabetes easier. They work with you to develop a plan to stay healthy, and give you the tools and ongoing support to make that plan a regular part of your life.
Diabetes education is a recognized part of your diabetes care and is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans when it is offered through an accredited diabetes education program, which has met vigorous criteria set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Two organizations - AADE and the American Diabetes Association - accredit diabetes education programs. Search for an accredited diabetes education program in your area
Diabetes may not have a cure, but you can manage it and live well. Ask your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant about working with a diabetes care and education specialist to learn how to better manage your disease, so it doesn’t manage you.