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How a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Can Help You

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.

Watch Our Videos to Learn more about how a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist can help you:

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Stories that Inspire

  • Finding Confidence in an Unexpected Diagnosis

    By Stories That Inspire | May 30, 2019

    family of four
    A sudden type 1 diagnosis changed everything for 6-year-old Gia and her family but a diabetes educator was there to help.

  • I Found My Diabetes Cheerleader!

    By Stories That Inspire | Mar 06, 2019

    Not so long ago, Abbie was weighed down by seemingly unmanageable high blood sugar. Fortunately, the right person came along and changed everything. As seen in Health Monitor.

  • A Surprising Diagnosis

    By Stories That Inspire | Feb 01, 2019

    As a nurse, Maggie was familiar with health education since she often had to relay it to her patients. She considered herself to be healthy, and though she wished to make some changes to her weight, the thought of being at risk for type 2 diabetes never crossed her mind.

  • Finding The Right Motivation

    By Stories That Inspire | Jan 06, 2019

    Marisabel had experienced a lot of chest pain and fatigue for the past month. She finally decided to go to the doctor and was shocked when they told her to go to the emergency room.

  • Remake Your Numbers: William's Story

    By Stories That Inspire | Oct 07, 2018

    After two decades of up-and-down blood sugar, new technology and an extra set of eyes helped William McLeod lower his A1C. As seen in Diabetic Living magazine.

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